From the Heart and Stroke FoundationYou don't have to be a doctor, nurse, paramedic or lifeguard to save a life. Just learn CPR. Knowing how to perform CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) will give you the skills to help someone in cardiac arrest survive until emergency personnel arrive. More than 80% of the 35, 000 to 45,000 cardiac arrests in Canada occur at home or in public places every year. And for every minute that passes without help, a person's chance of surviving a cardiac arrest drops by about 10%. However, if CPR is performed in the first few minutes, it can increase the odds of survival and recovery by 30 per cent or more.
We've made it easy for you to learn CPR.
Cardiac arrest when the heart suddenly stops beating and a person stops breathing can result from a variety of causes including a heart attack, stroke, drowning, electric shock, suffocation, drug overdose or other injury. Our goal is to get someone who has had a cardiac arrest to a hospital alive, says Heart and Stroke Foundation spokesperson Dr. Andrew Travers. To improve the odds of survival, Canadians need to recognize a cardiac arrest and know to call 9-1-1 and get trained in CPR.
Learning CPR is especially important for families and caregivers of those living with heart disease, or at high risk of developing it. Just knowing what to do in an emergency until paramedics arrive goes a long way in helping a person survive.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada sets the national guidelines for CPR and AED training to improve the odds of survival after cardiac arrest. The resulting training materials, which are now being used across Canada, make CPR quick and easy to learn. If you haven't been trained in CPR, now's the time, says Dr. Travers. The way we do CPR has changed dramatically with the most recent guidelines and it is much easier to learn and remember. So even if you have been trained, you should retrain to learn this new, simpler, more effective method.
Every year about one million Canadians are trained in CPR with materials based on the Heart and Stroke Foundation's guidelines. This year, the Foundation has also introduced a new way to learn CPR in your own home. The Heart&Stroke CPR Anytime for Family & Friends kit is a self-directed program designed to teach the core skills in 20 minutes. Learning CPR is such a short investment of time and it could save the life of someone close to you, says Heart and Stroke Foundation spokesperson Mike Nemeth, a Toronto paramedic. The more people trained in CPR, the greater the chance of keeping victims alive until an ambulance arrives.
- a 22-minute instructional DVD
- an inflatable mini-mannequin with a hard face and chest (which includes an adult/child compression clicker that provides audible click' when compressions are done correctly)
- a user-friendly instruction manual with easy-to-understand text and reinforcing photographs
CPR Anytime is an excellent way for anyone to learn CPR. It may be right for you if you are:
- A family member of patients at high risk for cardiac arrest
- A senior, especially those with family members with heart disease
- A parent with young children (not infants)
- Someone who participates in demanding sports such as recreational hockey, basketball and soccer
- An organization that wants to coordinate a training event for staff
The Heart&Stroke CPR Anytime for Family and Friends kit costs $35.00 CDN plus shipping, handling, and taxes. Order it online now or phone 1-888-LAERDAL.
During CPR Awareness Month this November, the Heart and Stroke Foundation urges all Canadians to sign up for a CPR course. It's inexpensive, easy and fast says Dr. Travers. You don't need to be a doctor to save a life
The Heart and Stroke Foundation sets Canadian guidelines for CPR and AED training and organizes professional training conferences that ensure Canada is at the leading edge of lifesaving resuscitation research and practice. The Foundation is also leading the development of new research initiatives to improve how resuscitation skills are taught and applied.
Last reviewed: November, 2007
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