OTTAWA, Nov. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - According to recent polling by the Canadian
Red Cross, the majority of Canadians say they would recognize the signs
if someone were experiencing a cardiac emergency, but fewer than half
say they would be able to do something to help. November is CPR month,
an annual campaign to promote the importance of CPR as a lifesaving
skill. The Canadian Red Cross urges Canadians to take a course, and
know what to do in an emergency.
"In half a day you can learn the skills necessary to save a life," says
Don Marentette, national manager of first aid programs with the
Canadian Red Cross. "Only 15 per cent of Canadians say they are
confident they can help someone suffering from a cardiac emergency, and
that's just not enough.
Approximately one in ten deaths in Canada directly results from a heart
attack. In large urban centres, the average ambulance response time is
more than eight minutes, but permanent brain damage is likely to occur
within four to six minutes after a person stops breathing.
"Knowing what to do in those critical minutes can save a life," adds
Marentette. "CPR, when used with an automated external defibrillator
(AED), and started immediately after cardiac arrest, can double a
person's chance of surviving a heart attack."
A Red Cross CPR course teaches important life-saving skills, including
how to recognize signs of breathing and circulation emergencies, how to
call for help, perform CPR, and how to use an AED. The Red Cross is the
only national training agency to include AED training as a mandatory
The Canadian Red Cross is a leading provider of first aid and CPR
programs and has been offering first aid and CPR training to Canadians
for over 50 years. For more information or to find a course near you,
SOURCE: CANADIAN RED CROSS
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