1) What is a MIKEY?
A MIKEY is a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD), also called an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). Defibrillators can hard to spell and even harder to say, so we call them MIKEYs.
An AED is a portable user-friendly electronic device that automatically diagnoses potentially life-threatening heart rhythms. If the AED detects a problem that may respond positively to an electric shock, it permits a shock to be delivered to restore a normal heart rhythm
2) How many people have been saved by MIKEYs so far?
Because of the quick thinking and decisive action of people on the scene, and the fact a MIKEY was available, 44 people have been saved by a MIKEY defibrillator! You can read all about their stories on our Saved By A Mikey page.
3) Do I have to be a professional to use one?
You don’t have to be a medical professional to use a MIKEY and save a life!
AEDs provide simple audio and visual instructions and are designed for use by laypersons. Some AEDs advise the operator to press a button to deliver the shock. Other AEDs automatically provide a shock if the heart is in a fatal rhythm.
4) Where can I find a MIKEY?
Since its formation, The Mikey Network has placed over 2700 life-saving MIKEY defibrillators. You can find a map of every MIKEY location on our MIKEY Locations page.
5) How can I help The Mikey Network save lives?
You can start by joining Team Mikey, a dedicated group made up of staff, volunteers, and community organizations who care deeply about saving lives. We participate in a variety of events throughout the Greater Toronto Area and beyond, to raise awareness and funds for our cause.
You can also help place a MIKEY directly by donating to The Mikey Network. Let’s all help those who suffer sudden cardiac arrest have a second chance at life!