Legion Donates to Clinic Defibrillator

(L-R) Anne Allaire, Ken Hudson, Dr. Lupien, Dave Pearse, Tammy Graham, Dr. Beller, Barb Jackson.
(L-R) Anne Allaire, Ken Hudson, Dr. Lupien, Dave Pearse, Tammy Graham, Dr. Beller, Barb Jackson.

R.C.Legion Branch 374 recently donated $600 to the BridgeLink Medical Centre on St. Joseph Island to help with the purchase of a portable automated external defibrillator (AED).

Office manager Tammy Graham demonstrates new defibrillator.
Office manager Tammy Graham demonstrates new defibrillator.
photo by Anne Allaire.
The AED is a lightweight portable device used to revive a person from sudden cardiac arrest, which usually occurs with a disruption in the heart's electrical activity that causes the heart to beat dangerously fast (ventricular tachycardia) or irregularly (ventricular fibrillation).

If not treated in minutes, the arrhythmia stopping blood flow to the brain and other vital organs, usually results in death or permanent brain or organ damage. The sooner the heart's rhythm is restored the better for the person suffering a cardiac arrest.

Clinic staff recently completed in a training course in Bruce Mines on the use and maintenance of the new defibrillator, and also learned how to administer Naloxone for an opioid overdose.

The donation from the Legion included $300 from the Branch as well as $100 from each the Cribbage, Euchre and Pool Sports Groups.

The medical clinic situated in Richards Landing employs 2 full-time doctors; Dr. Beller and Dr. Lupien with a full-time nurse, Doris Vandette and offer mentoring for students from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. The clinic cares for over 2000 patients, which is at maximum capacity. Both doctors also cover the Emergency needs of the North Shore Health Network – Richards Landing – Matthews Site.