Amanda Ockeloen shows off the Municipal Hall’s new Automatic External Defibrillator. Photo credit – Meribeth Deen
By Meribeth Deen – Bowen Island Undercurrent
Feb 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM
First Aid instructor and former paramedic Amanda Ockeloen’s first rule of emergency response comes down to thinking ahead and formulating a plan ahead of time. As one of the leaders of Bowen Island’s Sun Run group, not only does she carry basic first aid supplies with her on each run, she also considers every route with key address points so that if something happens and she needs to call in for extra help, she can communicate the group’s exact whereabouts without hesitation. Ockeloen’s recently taken on the position Municipal Emergency Planning Coordinator, but she’s recently been caught up in a personal project: to make the knowledge of life-saving Automated Electronic Defibrillators (AEDs) accessible on all parts of Bowen, and to make their whereabouts common knowledge.
According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, every twelve minutes someone in Canada experiences sudden cardiac arrest, and 85 percent of those incidents happen outside of hospital – making properly delivered emergency care critical. The basic emergency procedure to deal with this situation, which, when it works, involves actually bringing someone back to life, is Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Every five years, the standards and method of delivering this potentially life-saving process is updated by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR).
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