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Barry Petten, PC MHA for Conception Bay South, said it’s time for Newfoundland and Labrador to have its own registry of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to ensure 911 operators know where they are located.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

St. John’s, NL (January 22, 2019) – Barry Petten, PC MHA for Conception Bay South, said it’s time for Newfoundland and Labrador to have its own registry of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to ensure 911 operators know where they are located so they can let people know that one is nearby when they call about a cardiac emergency.

“I raised this with the government a long time ago, but there is no evidence they have been doing anything about it,” said Petten.

Cardiac illnesses are prevalent in Newfoundland and Labrador.  One illness in particular – arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) – has plagued families in Newfoundland and Labrador, leaving them at risk of sudden death from heart failure.

“Other provinces from Nova Scotia to BC are doing a much better job than ours of protecting people at risk of heart failure,” said Petten.  “We’re not taking full advantage of technologies that can keep people alive after a heart attack.  When AEDs are available and 911 operators know exactly where the nearest one can be found, precious time can be spared and lives can be saved.  The longer the wait after a heart attack, the worse the damage and the more tragic the outcomes.”

Petten said the government should explore what other jurisdictions have done and figure out the best way to get such a registry working here.  A new approach to maintenance could ensure devices are systematically checked to confirm they are in proper working order and batteries and pads are replaced as needed.

“It’s time to get moving on this.  The point of having AEDs around the province is for them to be accessible to people when they’re needed.  A registry could help with that.”

Contacts:

Bradley Russell
Director of Policy and Research
(p) 1.709.729.3668
(c) 1.709.685.3161
BradleyRussell@gov.nl.ca

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