186 AED's In Muskoka
Muskoka’s AED program has come a long way over the past several years.
As District councillors recently heard from Muskoka Paramedic Services, there are now some 186 AEDs located throughout the district.
An AED is an automated external defibrillator, a device that automatically analyzes the heart’s electrical activity and determines whether or not to deliver an electrical shock in attempts to restore normal heart function for someone in cardiac arrest. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, there are 45,000 cases of cardiac arrest in Canada each year, with almost 80% occurring outside of a hospital setting
Muskoka Paramedic Services report that they have now trained thousands of residents and visitors in basic CPR and AED skills.
In 2018 Muskoka Paramedics responded to multiple calls for cardiac arrest. Of these, 50% received CPR by a family member or bystander before Paramedics arrived. Paramedic Services reports the rates of family and bystander CPR in Muskoka are higher than the national average of 40%.