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Family recognized for AED donation in Prince Albert

Health region and Parkland Ambulance recognize a donor of an AED to a long-term care facility in Prince Albert, Sask. on the weekend. Supplied / Parkland Ambulance

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – Parkland Ambulance Care and the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region (PAPHR) unveiled a new automated external defibrillator (AED) on the weekend at the Pineview Terrace long-term care facility. The installation of the life-saving device in the foyer was made possible by a donation.

The Straf family was recognized Saturday for their generous contribution.

“I’ve worked in emergency medical services (EMS) for 20 years and I’ve seen the benefits of having an AED available at community locations,” said Kelly Straf.

“My wife works at Pineview and we thought this would be a good location given the number of residents, staff, volunteers and visitors that can be there at any one time.”

Pineview Terrace held its grand opening in November 2014 and is located near Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert. The new facility accommodates five houses, offering 60 long-term care beds.

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According to Parkland Ambulance director of public affairs Lyle Karasiuk, hundreds of people visit the facility regularly and any one could suffer from a sudden cardiac arrest.

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PAPHR says CPR alone offers a person suffering from cardiac arrest a five per cent chance of survival, while also using an AED can boost the survival rate up to 75 per cent or higher.

There are over 300 AEDs in the Saskatchewan health region.

Anyone in the region interested in learning more about AEDs or CPR can contact Parkland Ambulance at 306-953-8358 or email lyle@parklandambulance.com.

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