Everyone should get CPR trained

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If you see someone suddenly collapse or if they’re unresponsive, you can save their life using your phone, your hands, and your wits.

As many as 40,000 cardiac arrests occur in Canada each year, and up to 85 per cent of these happen in public places or homes. For every minute that passes without CPR, chances of survival decrease by 10 per cent.

Survival rates increase by up to 75 per cent when CPR and an automated external defibrillator (AED) are used right away. There are three important steps to remember: Call 9-1-1, don’t hesitate to take action, and push hard and fast on the chest with hands crossed at the fingers. 

Research shows that key barriers stopping people from performing CPR are lack of training, fear of harming the victim and failure to understand the consequences of not doing CPR. Communities like Seattle, Washington, which has promoted CPR awareness for years, have seen survival rates increase dramatically, resulting in hundreds of lives saved each year.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation sets the guidelines for CPR and emergency cardiovascular care in Canada, trains CPR instructors, and when sponsorship funding is available, provides AEDs for Island community facilities that meet our placement criteria. We also provide resources such as the Heart and Stroke CPR Anytime Family & Friends kit that can be purchased to learn CPR in 22 minutes.

CPR training helps increase your confidence to act. It also teaches you how an AED and CPR work together to help save lives. The foundation urges people to take action. More CPR training means more Islanders can save lives in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.

Matthew Bradley

Chair, Board of Directors/PEI

Heart and Stroke Foundation

Organizations: Heart and Stroke Foundation

Geographic location: Canada, Seattle, Washington, Iceland

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