If you are in a hurry to locate an AED, click this link for the AED Map of Bowen Island:
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.
While the AED is a crucial element for saving the life of someone who is experiencing SCA, it is necessary that there are people nearby who know how to respond to this emergency. Some training is part of the program. Rotary is facilitating both the financing and installation of the AED units as well as the cooperation of the neighbours. This project is one of island neighbours helping neighbours.
Rotary will not own the AED installations. Each is on public land, and once a unit is deployed, the Municipality of Bowen Island assumes ownership. The Fire Department has agreed to check them regularly and see that the batteries are fresh.
If you have any questions, or your neighbourhood would like to have an AED, please call Rotarian Bawn Campbell at Bowen Island Extension 9347.