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November 17, 2005
Missing defibrillator is potentially dangerous, says Toronto EMS
Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is issuing a public safety warning
after a defibrillator was stolen from the site of an emergency call on Campbell
Avenue, south of Dupont Avenue.

Paramedics reported the equipment missing after responding to a call on
Campbell Avenue, on Saturday, October 29 between 5:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. The
Toronto Police Service is investigating.

The Zoll M-Series monitor-defibrillator, used to diagnose and shock patients
suffering from cardiac arrest, could be extremely dangerous, and potentially
fatal, if used improperly. It is beige in colour, with a protective blue rubber
jacket, and has Toronto EMS and Zoll labels.

Anyone who has information on the missing defibrillator should call the Toronto
EMS Professional Standards Unit at 416-392-2222. The defibrillator can be
returned to any Toronto EMS ambulance station or to any police station.

Toronto Emergency Medical Services reminds all members of the public to be
extremely careful around medical equipment, supplies or medications, which
could be hazardous unless proper instruction and training on how to use or
administer them has been provided.

Media contacts:

Garrie Wright
District Operational Support Supervisor
Toronto EMS

Larry Roberts
Media Relations and Communications
Toronto EMS



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