Hockey player alive today due to AED

It’s the second time in three years that an AED was used at the Piney Orchard Ice Arena to save a hockey players life.

On March 28, a player in the locker room went into sudden cardiac arrest. Players as well as an off-duty Paramedic began CPR and utilized and AED to deliver shocks to the man.

Authorities say the victim had a pulse and was breathing when paramedics arrived. The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment and was released and “joking with friends” the next day, the fire department’s blog said.

The AED was installed due to the initiative of a teenage hockey play and Boy Scout. He noticed that the arena didn’t have a AED.

“This is an example of how learning CPR can save a life. Whether a teammate, a friend, co-worker, loved one, or a complete stranger, starting CPR quickly increases the chance of survival,” says the fire department blog.

“According to the American Heart Association, CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.”


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