Weekly Review: September 19th-25th
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“I put my CPR training to use last night. We were in the front stage area at a Toronto music festival and a young girl nearby went down unconscious at the very end of the show. Security had no idea what to do while waiting for EMS to arrive so I offered to help. It wasn’t a heroic effort on my part by any means but I went through the ABC’s and once I determined she was breathing, I put her in the recovery position and tried to talk to her. She actually responded by nodding once or twice before passing out again. I kept checking her vitals and talking to her until EMS arrived and took over, which felt like forever even though it was probably only about 5 minutes. Poor thing probably has a wicked hangover today and I don’t know whether she had drugs in her system as well, but she was in pretty bad shape.
So, just wanted to extend a thank you for giving us such great training and know that even though it wasn’t a life threatening situation, it was put to good use I think!”
- November 10th, 8:30am-4:30pm, Rescue 7 head office (Markham)
- November 21st, 8:30am-4:30pm, Rescue 7 head office (Markham)
- December 12th, 8:30am-4:30pm, Rescue 7 head office (Markham)
All Ontario RCMP officers are trained to use Rescue 7 AEDs, and it looks like this saved a life. Read the harrowing story below:
On Saturday September 17, 2016, at 9:00 am, Officers with the Castlegar RCMP were approached in the detachment parking lot by individuals looking for assistance with a male that had collapsed while preparing for the local Farmer’s Market. The officers were advised that the 53 year old male had just been found unconscious in his RV parked at the Castlegar museum. Two on-duty officers immediately attended the Castlegar Museum parking lot and located the male inside his RV. They moved the male from the RV and placed him on the ground outside and began CPR, while they awaited the arrival of BC Ambulance Services.
The officers were equipped and trained in the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and while one officer performed CPR, the second officer set up the AED and attached it to the unconscious man and activated the AED. The officers continued to perform CPR on the man until BCAS paramedics arrived shortly after and took over life saving efforts. The male was transported to the Kelowna hospital, where on Monday Sept 19th it was learned that as of this time he was in stable condition.
It would appear that the quick actions of others combined with the preparedness and training of our officers and the quick response by BCAS, the male was sufficiently stabilized until he was able to receive further medical treatment, stated Sgt Laurel Mathew, Detachment Commander of the Castlegar RCMP.