Steinbach arenas ready for season

   With summer waning the focus is already turning towards winter sports activities and the City of Steinbach is ready to go.

   In the middle of August the ice went in at the Centennial Arena in Steinbach and the T.G. Smith Arena ice will be completed within the next couple of weeks.
   While the creation of the ice surfaces is always an exciting time for hockey, ringette and skating enthusiasts, the installation of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in each of the arenas is also welcome news. The AEDs were installed in the lobbies of both arenas at the same time as the ice.

   An AED is a portable electronic device that can be attached to someone who is suffering a heart attack. The AED automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation in a patient and, if necessary, will administer a shock to reestablish an effective heart rhythm.

   Statistics show that when an AED is used immediately together with CPR, chances of survival increase by about 75 percent over just doing CPR alone.

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