Stepping Up to the Plate for AED Training

In March, we announced the winners of our 2012 AED Giveaway – the Kopytko family. Their son, Mitchell, was diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart. 

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy can increase the likelihood of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). The only treatment for SCA is though defibrillation. Without immediate access to a defibrillator, SCA is almost always fatal.

For the Kopytko family, having an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) means they now have the right tool to fight SCA.

AED Training

“We are so grateful to have the peace of mind that the AED offers our family, we will always worry about the ‘what if’s’ where Mitchell is concerned, but this gives us a piece of equipment that could make all the difference in a worst case scenario” said Melanie Kopytko.

AED Training

But as important as the defibrillator is, there is one other key component involved – training.

It is true many could pick up a defibrillator and use it without training, but will they be performing high-quality CPR? How do you apply an AED to a child? When should you call 911? These are important questions that training will answer.

Now that the Kopytko family has an AED, the next step was to get them certified. We spoke with FACTs First Aid (located in Vernon, BC), who were so touched by the Kopytko story they generously donated their time to provide AED and CPR certification.

Here’s what Melanie Kopytko (Mitchell’s mother) had to say:
“I just wanted to let you know how well our training went with Jules from FACTs first aid. She was wonderful; she really took her time with Mitchell (10) and Jorja (7) as we thought it was important that they take the training with us.
She was so on task and dialed in to our dynamic that everyone felt very comfortable asking questions, some of them tough and personal because we are thinking it may be this 10 year old child who is our patient one day, and everyone had lots of hands on time with the machine and Annie dolls, as well as a very good understanding of the basic CPR that accompanies using the AED.
I had no doubt the adults would gain from the training, but what touched me most was, like I said, her attention to Jorja, making sure she felt comfortable and sure of herself with what she was learning. They are at that age where sometimes Jorja and Mitchell are home alone together for short periods of time, so it was important she have the knowledge.  
Also with us were Mitchell’s Grandmothers, his aunt, his classroom teacher and his principal, as well as Chad and I of course 🙂
We cannot thank Iridia enough, we feel so fortunate, and now so knowledgeable. I didn’t realize how empowering it would feel to know that I have the tools of CPR if I should need them.”

Iridia is thrilled to hear the training went well; it’s great to have made such a huge impact. We feel very fortunate to be in a position to help others through the promotion of AEDs and life-saving CPR training.

We wish the Kopytko family all the best. – The Iridia Team