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Heritage Society Launches new "Save a Hockey Life" AED Seminar Series
Providence, RI (12/7/2017): In keeping with its extended mission to promote safe play at all levels of the game, our Heritage Society organized and produced the first in a series of free seminars on the importance and proper use of a life-saving AED (Automated External Defibrillator) at the Levy Ice Rink in Burrillville on Nov 28, 2017. Area hockey coaches, parents, and school officials were in attendance.
Entitled "Save a Hockey Life," the AED Seminar was the first in a series planned for ice rinks throughout the state this hockey season. The forward-thinking program was also received with the gratitude and praise of Jason Rhodes, the EMS Chief for the state of Rhode Island.
Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States. The purpose of the user-friendly AEDs located in RI’s hockey rinks is to rapidly provide early defibrillation to a player, coach or spectator experiencing sudden cardiac arrest while EMTs are en route. Mere minutes can save a life.
The seminars provide an overview of the protocols to follow should an incident occur, the critical window for action, and a demonstration of how the AED “instructs” the user while analyzing the heart rhythm to determine if a life-saving shock is required.
The Levy Rink seminar was presented in cooperation with the CPR Training Center at CCRI, led by Heidi Warner, and the local EMS Department of the Harrisville Fire District, headed by Mike Gingell. Seminars planned in other rinks throughout the state will be supported by demonstrations presented by the local EMTs of their respected communities.
For further information call 401-230-5905 or e-mail RIREDS15@gmail.com.