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Life saving key chains coming soon

March 12, 2013 - News

The Peel branch of St. John Ambulance will soon be selling special key chains that could help save lives.
The local agency is partnering with two brothers from the Niagara region who know how important a little bit of Aspirin can be for anyone who’s just had a heart attack.
Brett Beaulieu’s father Dale suffered a heart attack while watching his son play hockey, waited 30 minutes for an ambulance, and died en route to the hospital eight years ago.
But when a family friend also had a heart attack, he was given an Aspirin while he waited for paramedics and survived. That’s what inspired Beaulieu, 19, and his brother Andrew, 25, to find a way to ensure people always have an Aspirin close by.
The brothers came up with Key to Life, a red waterproof pill case on a keychain designed to hold one 325-milligram or two 81-milligram tablets of Aspirin, also known by its generic name acetylsalicylic acid or ASA.
“If someone has a heart attack, just administering the ASA could be very beneficial and save their life,” Beaulieu said.
Heart attacks are caused by blockages in arteries that slow or stop blood supply to the heart. When someone having a heart attack chews one 325 mg tablet or two 81 mg Aspirin tablets, the drug prevents blood platelets from attaching to the blockage and keeps blood and oxygen flowing, limiting damage to the heart.
Beaulieu has a penchant for graphic design and handled the creative work, while his brother, who studied architectural technology at Mohawk College, designed the case. The key chains can be purchased for $2.99, plus tax, shipping and handling, on the Key to Life website (keytolifegroup.com).
The Peel branch of St. John Ambulance has reached out to the brothers — since  the organization recommends the use of ASA in its First Aid courses — and they will soon sell the key chains. They hope other St. John Ambulance locations in Ontario will do the same in the near future.
— Torstar News Service

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Life saving key chains coming soon

March 12, 2013 - News

The Peel branch of St. John Ambulance will soon be selling special key chains that could help save lives.
The local agency is partnering with two brothers from the Niagara region who know how important a little bit of Aspirin can be for anyone who’s just had a heart attack.
Brett Beaulieu’s father Dale suffered a heart attack while watching his son play hockey, waited 30 minutes for an ambulance, and died en route to the hospital eight years ago.
But when a family friend also had a heart attack, he was given an Aspirin while he waited for paramedics and survived. That’s what inspired Beaulieu, 19, and his brother Andrew, 25, to find a way to ensure people always have an Aspirin close by.
The brothers came up with Key to Life, a red waterproof pill case on a keychain designed to hold one 325-milligram or two 81-milligram tablets of Aspirin, also known by its generic name acetylsalicylic acid or ASA.
“If someone has a heart attack, just administering the ASA could be very beneficial and save their life,” Beaulieu said.
Heart attacks are caused by blockages in arteries that slow or stop blood supply to the heart. When someone having a heart attack chews one 325 mg tablet or two 81 mg Aspirin tablets, the drug prevents blood platelets from attaching to the blockage and keeps blood and oxygen flowing, limiting damage to the heart.
Beaulieu has a penchant for graphic design and handled the creative work, while his brother, who studied architectural technology at Mohawk College, designed the case. The key chains can be purchased for $2.99, plus tax, shipping and handling, on the Key to Life website (keytolifegroup.com).
The Peel branch of St. John Ambulance has reached out to the brothers — since  the organization recommends the use of ASA in its First Aid courses — and they will soon sell the key chains. They hope other St. John Ambulance locations in Ontario will do the same in the near future.
— Torstar News Service

Read More at SouthAsianFocus.ca

Life saving key chains coming soon

March 12, 2013 - News

The Peel branch of St. John Ambulance will soon be selling special key chains that could help save lives.
The local agency is partnering with two brothers from the Niagara region who know how important a little bit of Aspirin can be for anyone who’s just had a heart attack.
Brett Beaulieu’s father Dale suffered a heart attack while watching his son play hockey, waited 30 minutes for an ambulance, and died en route to the hospital eight years ago.
But when a family friend also had a heart attack, he was given an Aspirin while he waited for paramedics and survived. That’s what inspired Beaulieu, 19, and his brother Andrew, 25, to find a way to ensure people always have an Aspirin close by.
The brothers came up with Key to Life, a red waterproof pill case on a keychain designed to hold one 325-milligram or two 81-milligram tablets of Aspirin, also known by its generic name acetylsalicylic acid or ASA.
“If someone has a heart attack, just administering the ASA could be very beneficial and save their life,” Beaulieu said.
Heart attacks are caused by blockages in arteries that slow or stop blood supply to the heart. When someone having a heart attack chews one 325 mg tablet or two 81 mg Aspirin tablets, the drug prevents blood platelets from attaching to the blockage and keeps blood and oxygen flowing, limiting damage to the heart.
Beaulieu has a penchant for graphic design and handled the creative work, while his brother, who studied architectural technology at Mohawk College, designed the case. The key chains can be purchased for $2.99, plus tax, shipping and handling, on the Key to Life website (keytolifegroup.com).
The Peel branch of St. John Ambulance has reached out to the brothers — since  the organization recommends the use of ASA in its First Aid courses — and they will soon sell the key chains. They hope other St. John Ambulance locations in Ontario will do the same in the near future.
— Torstar News Service

Read More at SouthAsianFocus.ca