A Life Saving Partnership
Heart and Stroke Foundation and Manitoba Lotteries
Looking out for the well-being of customers and employees just makes good sense for any business.
That is why after almost two decades, Manitoba Lotteries and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba (HSFM) continue to foster a strong relationship that benefits the community.
During that time, dozens of Manitoba Lotteries employees have received CPR training and in the last several years, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training and instructor courses through HSFM.
“We can’t say enough about the value of this partnership,” says Wayne Perfumo, Vice President, Entertainment & Hospitality / Corporate Security. “The combination of life-saving resuscitation training for our Security staff plus the AEDs we have at our casinos and offices have directly resulted in a number of lives being saved.”
Nine Manitoba Lotteries’ casino Security Officers were recently awarded certificates of recognition by HSFM for applying their life-saving resuscitation to three casino guests in 2010.
Thanks to the Security Officers quick response, the guests received CPR and Automated External Defibrillator attention after they experienced heart failure while at our casinos. In two cases, the officers were able to revive the individuals to consciousness by the time the ambulance arrived.
“These officers did an amazing job and we commend them for taking the initiative to make a difference in someone’s life,” says Diana Bayles, AED and Resuscitation Manager, HSFM. “We know it’s their job but it’s also their decision to step forward to do the best they can – that’s so important.”
Judging by all accounts of staff and guests at the three incidents, and confirmed by video, everything went according to the officers training and the patients received quick and effective care.
“It was a complete team effort and everyone knew their role without hardly a word being spoken, “says Jim McInnis, Security Shift Manager at CRC, one of the award recipients.
Jim has been a Security Officer for 12 years at Manitoba Lotteries and although it was not the first time he has been involved in this type of medical situation, it was not something he will soon forget.
“You really feel a real sense of accomplishment,” says Jim. “It is something that is very rewarding and I was glad I could be a part of it.”
It is common for people involved in life saving rescues to experience a sense of pride and carry that confidence forward should they encounter a similar situation in the future.
“The professionalism of our officers and other staff who help out in these situations is critical to providing the best care for our guests,” says Wayne Harrison, Acting Executive Director, Corporate Security & Surveillance. “Management and I, as well as their coworkers, are extremely proud of their accomplishment and their award.”
“It is so wonderful that Manitoba Lotteries provides training to their staff and AEDs in their casinos,” says Diana Bayles, “and they did it not because of any legislation, but because they want to make sure their patrons are in a safe environment.”
The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s goal is to make AEDs as common place in public buildings as fire extinquishers. There are currently about 500 AEDs in Manitoba.
Pictured above: Corey Holly (MSC), Richard Lapp (CRC), Amanda Agostino, (CRC), Roger McIntyre (CRC), Jim McInnis (CRC), Richard Langille (MSC). Missing from photo:
Robbie Dunits (CRC), Jim Bruce (CRC), Susan Hodgins (MSC), Rudy Manicone (CRC).
Posted March 2011