École Saint-Jean-Baptiste gets a defibrillator

 

Staff and students at École St.-Jean Baptiste got what could prove to be a life-saving addition last Tuesday as a defibrillator was put in at the school. The installation was done by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Essex-Windsor EMS. (RTT Photo by Josh Beneteau)

Staff and students at École St.-Jean Baptiste got what could prove to be a life-saving addition last Tuesday as a defibrillator was put in at the school. The installation was done by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Essex-Windsor EMS.
(RTT Photo by Josh Beneteau)

By Josh Beneteau

 

Students and staff at École Saint-Jean-Baptiste welcomed a new addition to their school last Tuesday, one that can save lives.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Essex-Windsor EMS installed an automated external defibrillator (AED) at the school. All 15 schools in the CSC Providence school board are now equipped with the device.

“Sometimes the ambulance takes a little bit of time, especially if they are already out on a call, so to have the defibrillator on site can save lives,” vice-principal Lise Pipitone said.

The AED is part of a program from the Ontario Ministry of Health. The Ontario Defibrillator Access Initiative (ODAI) program provides a device and trains ten members of the staff.  There have been over 60 AED installations across the province since 2012.

Paul Stromme, professional standards captain at the Essex-Windsor EMS, says the program didn’t start as a response to cardiac arrest.

“Over the years we’ve learned that pediatrics sudden cardiac arrest is very prevalent in today’s society,” he said. “Therefore, we wanted to put it in arenas, into community centers but most importantly schools.”

The students are embracing the new technology and learning about it in their classes. The student council developed a video about the AED is important that will be shown on TV screens in the hallways and classrooms, along with other related safety videos.

“It’s important that everybody who attends our school, whether it’s for an after school or during the day, feels safe and secure,” Pipitone said.

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