AED's in the News

Referee saved by AED in Burlington


(from left) Rachel Barlow, Paul Anderson, Ryan Stewart, Mark Commisso and Nick Finelli

"After quickly jumping into action when a referee suffered a heart attack during a game Friday at Central Arena, (from left) Rachel Barlow, Paul Anderson, Ryan Stewart, Mark Commisso and Nick Finelli were recognized for their efforts prior to a later game at the Ontario Hockey Federation bantam AA championships. The group performed CPR, shocked the referee's heart with an AED and treated him until paramedics and firefighters arrived. The referee is reported to be in stable condition thanks to the group's quick actions."

- Suzanne Schultz

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Recall: Philips Corrective Action Letter


Have you received a letter from Philips regarding a Corrective Action?

If you received a letter from Philips regarding a Corrective Action for the Philips HeartStart OnSite, Philips HeartStart Home, or Philips HeartStart FRx AED please read below for instructions to follow for your next steps.

I received a letter from Philips, why?

Receiving a letter means that records show you are the owner of one or more Philips HeartStart FRx, HeartStart OnSite, or HeartStart Home automated external defibrillators (AEDs) manufactured between 2002 and 2013.

Here are samples of the letters in question:

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Des défibrillateurs dans toutes les écoles catholiques d'Ottawa


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An intergalactic guide to using a defibrillator


A TED talk by Todd Scott at TEDNYC, using humor and pop culture to make CPR training more memorable.

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Defibrillators coming to all OCDSB schools


"Senior staff with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board decided Tuesday to have defibrillators installed by September 2018 in all of the board's schools, a week after a CBC story revealed 78 of the board's 119 elementary schools did not have the potentially life-saving devices."

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BERRN and Hamilton EMS team up on Hamilton's CHCH morning show


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Middlesex London EMS


Middlesex London EMS doing it right!

A big THANKYOU to @MacMasterChev for their huge support of our PAD program. AED's save lives. Help us raise our survival rates! Contact us!

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Public Access Defibrillator Loaner program


loaner defibrillator

The Public Access Defibrillator Loaner program allows the general public to borrow an automated external defibrillator (AED), at no cost, for short-term community and family events within the city of Guelph and county of Wellington. Events include:

  • family reunions
  • concerts
  • golf outings
  • group nature walks
  • races
  • festivals
  • weddings
  • large church gatherings

Booking a defibrillator

  • Fill out the request form linked here or call 519-822-1260 extension 2880 to reserve your date. Please note: AEDs are available on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to availability.<

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Defibrillator loaner program launches in Guelph, Press Release


Guelph, Ont., November 24, 2016 – Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service is launching a new community program designed to help save lives in Guelph, and Wellington county.

You are invited to learn more about the Public Access Defibrillator Loaner program—believed to be the first of its kind in Canada—and watch an automated external defibrillator (AED) demonstration at the launch event on Friday, November 25 at 11 a.m. at City Hall.

Research shows that victims of cardiac arrest have the best chance of survival when there is early access to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation.

“We believe that providing AEDs at community events—where there is no easy or timely access to a defibrillator—can save lives,” says Stephen Dewar, chief of Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service.


Public Access Defibrillator Loaner program launch
Automated external defibrillator (AED) demonstration

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Hands-Only CPR training kiosk debuts at Indianapolis International Airport



Last April, Matt Lickenbrock, a University of Dayton student, saved the life of fellow student Sean Ferguson using Hands-Only CPR, a lifesaving technique that he learned from an instructional airport kiosk.

This week, Lickenbrock showed Ferguson how to train in Hands-Only CPR at a new kiosk at Indianapolis International Airport.

Seven U.S. sites will feature the kiosks donated through American Heart Association’s national partnership with the Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc.

The kiosk features a touch screen with a video that gives a brief “how-to,” followed by a practice session and a 30-second CPR test. With the help of a practice manikin, or a rubber torso, the kiosk provides feedback about the depth and rate of compressions and proper hand placement

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Andrew's Legacy


Andrew William Stoddart Born February 20th, 2000 Died suddenly while playing soccer on Monday, May 11, 2015 in Kintore, Ontario. His family now has a goal to get a AED in every sports field in Canada! You can support them by donating to the cause, or liking the Facebook Page!

Visit their Facebook page

To make a donation:

Visit and select Andrew Stoddart's Legacy #11forever from the drop down menu.

Your support is greatly appreciated. 

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October 28, 2015 UPDATE - Sanofi recalls all lots of Allerject


Sanofi-aventis Canada Inc., in consultation with Health Canada, is recalling all lots of Allerject (0.15 mg/0.15mL and 0.3 mg/0.3 mL strength epinephrine auto-injectors) from the Canadian market. A similar recall is taking place in the United States, where it’s sold as Auvi-Q.

This recall is due to issues that may potentially affect the delivery of the required amount of the drug, epinephrine. Allerject is used as an emergency treatment by patients who are at risk and/or have a history of serious allergic reactions (anaphylaxis).

Health Canada has released a recall bulletin available at

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Government of Canada and Heart and Stroke Foundation exceed goal of installing 2,000 AEDs in recreational hockey arenas across the country


Two events took place yesterday to highlight progress and proven success of the National Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Initiative, a partnership between the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF).

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, joined Alberta HSF CEO Donna Hastings, at the North East Sportsplex Society in Calgary, Alberta, to announce that together they have exceeded the goal for AED installations in recreational and hockey arenas across the country, well ahead of schedule. To date, the Government of Canada and HSF have installed over 2,500 AEDs under the Initiative and over 18,000 people across Canada have been trained on how to properly use them. This is well above the target of having 2,000 AEDs installed by the end of the program in March 2016.

Minister Ambrose congratulated HSF for their dedication and commitment to the health and safety of Canadians and for expanding the availability of these life

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Voluntary Product Recall: 2 lots of Allerject (0.15 mg / 0.15 mL) epinephrine injection distributed as of June 1 2015


On Friday, June 12, 2015 Sanofi Canada took the precautionary measure of issuing a Voluntary Recall of Allerject 0.15 mg / 0.15 mL epinephrine auto injectors, lots 2857505 and 2857508, distributed as of June 1st, 2015, due to a manufacturing defect that could potentially affect the delivery of the drug. The defect was discovered as part of a routine manufacturer quality review process. Allerject 0.15 mg / 0.15 mL is the pediatric version of the epinephrine auto injector. No other lots or strengths of Allerject, or any other Sanofi Canada products are included in this recall. The two lots subject to the recall were distributed solely in Canada. There have been no reports of patients adversely affected by the 2 lots distributed to date.

Sanofi Canada is committed to the health and well-being of patients and consumers using its products. This voluntary recall is conducted in collaboration with the Health Products and Food Branch Inspectorate of Health Canada which has issued

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Epinephrine allergy auto-injectors recalled by Health Canada


Allerject products with lot numbers 2857508, 2857505 and DIN 02382059 are being recalled by Health Canada.

Health Canada is recalling two batches of epinephrine auto-injector products used in the treatment of serious allergic reactions in children.

The agency is says it's due to a manufacturing defect that may render the device ineffective at delivering the medication in an emergency.

Allerject, which is used in the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis, works by reversing the rapid and dangerous decrease in blood pressure and relaxing the muscles in the airway during an allergic reaction.

A Health Canada statement says the defect "can pose serious health risks to patients" and that anaphylaxis may cause death.

The dosage for affected the pre-filled, single-use auto-injector is 0.15 milligrams and is intended for use in children wei

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Only 2 hours after being installed, AED saves ball player’s life


Gord Stevenson, Little Mountain Sportsplex night manager, with the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) which proved to be a real life saver when it helped revive slo-pitch player Bryant Thomson who collapsed during a game on Friday. JIM BENDER/Winnipeg Sun/Postmedia Network
Gord Stevenson, Little Mountain Sportsplex night manager, with the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) which proved to be a real life saver when it helped revive slo-pitch player Bryant Thomson who collapsed during a game on Friday. JIM BENDER/Winnipeg Sun/Postmedia Network

Talk about a timely addition.

“I got back and administered it. He came about and took a deep breath, then three others took turns doing CPR on him. He came to and threw up, then they did more CPR on him again.”

Then the paramedics arrived.

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AEDs installed in all Hamilton arenas, including Waterdown


AED Specialist Sandra Page gives a demonstration during the March 19 announcement at Harry Howell Arena as ADFW MP David Sweet (left) and federal government house leader Peter Van Loan look on.

Automated external defibrillators save lives, say local Conservative MP David Sweet and emergency service officials.

Hamilton mountain residents John Marechal and Drago Tomic are living proof.

Marechal, 56, collapsed Dec. 12 at Ancaster’s Morgan Firestone Arena after cycling at the National Cycling Centre, while Tomic, 76, fell Jan. 19 after swimming at Huntington Park Recreation Centre.

They were both revived by paramedics and health-care officials with CPR and AEDs, which are located in all of the city’s public buildings and now all Hamilton arenas. “From what I heard, the people around me and paramedics w

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Warsaw's new subway lines equipped with Rotaid


Warsaw AED units

After a vast construction project, new subway lines were officially opened in Warsaw, Poland, this weekend. These state-of-the art stations will provide inhabitants and visitors of Warsaw with modern, quick and safe travel through the city. In cooperation with our partner Max Harter, the new stations were equipped with life saving defibrillators, safely stored in our distinctive cabinets.

We thank our Polish partner Max Harter for their smooth cooperation and are happy to have provided inhabitants and visitors of Warsaw with a heart-safe subway! Szczęśliwej podróży.

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Another paramedic goalie credited with saving life at hockey game


A goaltender in St. John's is being hailed as a hero for saving a man's life at Mile One Centre, the second such incident in the province in a week.

Chris Dunphy, a firefighter and paramedic with the St. John's Regional Fire Department, was playing recreational hockey on Nov. 20 when another player collapsed on the ice.

Dunphy sprung into action to help the man, performing CPR while another person ran for a defibrillator.

Dunphy, in full goalie gear, used the defibrillator to revive the collapsed player. Using one shock, he revived the player, a huge relief to Dunphy.

"It was pretty exhilarating," he said.

"All of his friends and I let out a bit of a cheer and kind of welcomed him back, weirdly enough."

Another paramedic goalie credited with saving life at hockey game Provided by CBC Another paramedic goalie credited with saving life at hockey game Dunphy denies he's a hero, but has been hailed as one since the incident.

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Philips releases CPR App


Philips has released a FREE CPR app for the iPad and iPhone. This application offers helpful videos and other information about Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). You can help save a life!

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Two Lives Saved in One Day


Two Lives Saved in One Day in Ottawa

July 2, 2014 - The Ottawa Paramedic Service credits quick-thinking bystanders who performed CPR and used an AED Plus® with helping to save two lives in two separate incidents in this Canadian city on the same Wednesday in June.

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A life-saving lesson


A life-saving lesson at Queen Victoria School

Queen Victoria School's principal, Steve Yull, had a heart attack on Feb. 20. Vice-principal Holly Shanlin used an automated external defibrillator and saved his life.

By: Mark McNeil

When the shiny new defibrillator was installed near the gymnasium at Queen Victoria Elementary School last fall, acting principal Steve Yull never dreamt he would be the first person to need it.

He is only 41, had never had heart problems before and says he had no symptoms before he suddenly blacked out in a meeting room.

"I was speaking with one of the teachers one minute and then the next minute I wasn't. I had no pain or shortness of breath — no feeling of anything remotely going wrong. But I guess something was pretty wrong," says Yull, a father of two.

Luckily for Yull, Queen Victoria was equipped with an automated external defibrillator (AED). Perh

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Public Access to Defibrillators


Automated External Defibrillators (AED) are now required by law in designated public buildings in Manitoba. Manitoba is the first province to develop this legislation and as of December 31, 2013 there were 2291 AED registered. The government has been working with the Heart and Stroke Foundation to make it easier for non-profit and community owned organization to get an AED in to their facilities. Click here to read more.

This is not only happening in Manitoba, Public Access Defibrillator programs (PAD) are taking place across the country, offering extra safety and ultimately life saving measures available in public facilities. We’ve posted the City of Brantford’s PAD program and policy on our Risk Management Centre of Excellence resource library.

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Team effort saves a life


'Team effort' saves a life at Guelph arena


GUELPH—Nineteen members of a pick-up hockey team will be honoured by city councillors Monday for their part in saving the life of a teammate who suffered a heart attack earlier this month.

The evening of Jan. 9, the group of friends were playing their usual Thursday game at the West

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Saving Lives


Saving Lives

Posted on March 21, 2011 by admin
Thank you

The Hamilton Public Access Defibrillation Program helped save a life on Saturday.

When a spectator collapsed at a children’s hockey game at the Chedoke Twin Pad Arena, bystanders immediately started CPR and attached a Hamilton Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Program automated external defibrillator (AED) while 911

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Quick thinking, AED saves life


Quick thinking, AED saves another life

April 6, 2011 By News-ON Search

On Sunday, April 3, a hockey goalie made a save of a different kind at J.L. Grightmire arena in Dundas.

A 54-year-old player complained that he was “feeling really tired” and collapsed onto his teammate’s shoulder during their regular Sunday night pick-up hockey game.

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Great Save at St. George Arena


Great Save at St. George Arena


On Friday December 2, 2011 at the St George, Ontario arena a 52 year old male patient was watching a hockey game. From what we have learned he was on the bench, as a coach.

At approx 16:12 that afternoon the patient went into Cardiac arrest. The other players on the bench began CPR and the St George arena staff went to get the AED. The arena staff that operated the Aed was

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AED save man's life in Hamilton


CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) save man's life in Hamilton


July 26, 2012, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario

Once again, AEDs and CPR have proven their worth as a Hamilton man is alive today thanks to the quick actions of members of the public and police officers.

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Defibrillator saves the day


Defibrillator saves the day at soccer game

September 22, 2012 By Molly Hayes, The Hamilton Spectator

A quick-thinking citizen and a public defibrillator saved the life of a 64-year-old woman Saturday, police say.

The woman was watching a children’s soccer game at Olympic Park in Dundas when she collapsed in her chair from a heart attack.

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Defibrillators in rinks


Defibrillators rolling out to recreational rinks across Canada, Harper says Staff
Published Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 11:34AM EST

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the government is moving forward with a plan to put defibrillators in recreational arenas across the country, saying hockey rinks are often "witness to medical emergencies, occasionally with tragic results."

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Defibrillators hard to find


Defibrillators may be hard to find in emergencies: CBC investigation Staff
Published Friday Nov. 29, 2013 5:00 AM EST


Marketplace investigation finds that life-saving devices are often locked away or unregistered

They can help increase your chance of surviving a cardiac arrest by 75 per cent, but a shocking number of Canada's Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) may be inaccessible to the public during an emergency because they are locked away or not registered with 911 personnel.

A CBC Marketplace investigation found that the potential for AEDs to save lives may be severely hampered because there are no national guidelines as to how or where the devices are kept.

There's also no government requirement that they be registered with 911. Registering devices helps 911 dispatchers direct people to the closest AED in case of an emergency.

About 40,000 Canad

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PHYSIO Control Defibrillators


Physio-Control is a pioneer in defibrillation and resuscitation technology. PHYSIO-Control features the LIFEPAK line of Automated External Defibrillators or AEDs.

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ZOLL® AED Plus® Defibrillators


The ZOLL® AED Plus® does more than just defibrillate. It is the only AED that ensures infrequent rescuers respond appropriately during a sudden cardiac arrest emergency.

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Philips HeartStart OnSite AED


The Philips HeartStart Defibrillator series carries innovation in its genes. Building on the successes of the other members of the HeartStart family of defibrillators, they bring innovations to the treatment of SCA.

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