Push Continues To Register AEDs in Nova Scotia

Posted on Monday, February 11, 2019 06:37 AM

A sudden cardiac arrest can happen anywhere.

A program continues to try and make sure Nova Scotians are prepared.

The Emergency Health Services AED Registry has been up and running for about two years.

It works with members of the public to register accessible defibrillators.

Coordinator Mike Janczyszyn says more than 815 AEDs have been registered so far.

"There is probably 1,500-2,000 out there but as this program progresses, I think, with the promotion and education and awareness of the program there will be a lot more registered AEDs out there."

People can also decide to be responders and be notified by text or phone call when a cardiac arrest occurs within 1,200 metres of their defibrillator.

Janczyszyn says over 105 people have signed up so far.

He says it's a step in the right direction.

"We want the AEDs there to people. We want people to be aware of where they are and even if you're not sure where they are, eventually, we'll be able to tell you where they are. It will all be part of the program; it's growing and we're working on all these kind of improvements."

Janczyszyn says the chance of surviving cardiac arrest can go down by as much as 10 per cent a minute without CPR or an AED.

February is national heart month.

For more details on how to register an AED within your business or organization, email [email protected] or click here.

A full interview with Mike Janczyszyn will also air this weekend on South Shore Sunday Morning beginning at 8 a.m. on Country 100.7 and 9 a.m. on CKBW.

Reported by: Nick Yorston
Twitter: @NickYorston
E-mail: [email protected]