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New stadium to have defibrillators on site

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Health Minister Theresa Oswald will be at Investors Group Field this morning to distribute life-saving heart defibrillators at the new stadium.

When Oswald passes the defibrillators, on the receiving end will be Jim Bell, vice-president and chief operating officer, Winnipeg Football Club.

Oswald announced in February that the province is spending $1.3 million for 1,000 free defibrillators to be provided in public places.

The province of Manitoba was the first in the country to develop legislation to require high-traffic public facilities like schools, hockey arenas, community centres, fitness clubs and curling rinks to have a defibrillator on site. The Defibrillator Public Access Act also facilitates rapid public access to a defibrillator during an emergency by requiring signage to easily identify the location of the AED and requiring that they be registered so 911 operators can help a caller locate the life-saving machine during a cardiac arrest. Designated facilities have until Jan. 31, 2014, to install a defibrillator.

"You never know when or where cardiac arrest will happen. To ensure, during that critical time of need, a life-saving defibrillator will be close at hand, our government is adding 1,000 free defibrillators to public facilities all across the province," said Oswald this past winter. "We know the chance of survival is increased by almost 75 per cent when a heart defibrillator is used with cardiopulmonary resuscitation. It can really mean the difference between life and death."

 

 

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