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Automated External Defibrillators

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a safe, easy-to-use, portable device that can deliver an electric shock to a person in cardiac arrest, if needed to restart their heart.

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Every school in New Brunswick now equipped with an AED

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Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Program

The Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) program is operated by Medavie Health Services New Brunswick. It allows emergency dispatchers in New Brunswick to direct 911 callers to the closest AED, to help those experiencing cardiac arrest.

When a cardiac  arrest happens, and a defibrillator registered in the program is deployed, the information that is stored, (initial rhythm, cpr done, shocks given) downloaded and sent to the receiving hospital, as part of the patient chart. This gives the physician valuable information regarding the incident.

More information on the PAD program and how register, can be found by clicking the link below.

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Our Commitment to Help More New Brunswickers

It's estimated that over 700 cardiac arrests happen in New Brunswick each year.  It can happen to anyone, at any time, and occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating. Survival rates drop significantly without an AED or Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). When  AEDs are used in combination with CPR within the first few minutes the chances of survival can jump to 75 per cent. Quick access to an AED in the event of a cardiac arrest is critical to saving lives.

Since 2008, Heart & Stroke NB has placed 537 AEDs in communities throughout the province, which have been used to save the lives of 21 New Brunswickers.  We continue to work hard to make AEDS widely accessible in as many places as possible. 

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Purchase an AED through our Restart a Heart Program. 

Apply to our AED subsidy Program. 

Register your AED with the PAD Program.

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