OTTAWA, Nov. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Nearly 40 per cent of Canadians say they
have been in an emergency situation where they have had to perform
first aid, but few believe they could help someone suffering a heart
attack. November is CPR Month, an annual campaign to promote the
importance of CPR as a life-saving skill. The Red Cross urges Canadians
to take a course and download the free First Aid App to keep their
life-saving skills up to date.
"Downloading the free Canadian Red Cross First Aid App puts critical
knowledge in your hands, and helps Canadians provide life-saving
assistance any time, any where," says Don Marentette, national manager
of first aid programs. "Only 15 per cent of Canadians say they could
confidently help someone suffering from a heart attack, but it takes
only half a day to learn the necessary skills to save a life."
Available for Apple and Android mobile devices, the app helps users
maintain their first aid skills and respond to everyday emergencies.
Users get instant access to videos, interactive quizzes and simple
step-by-step advice to help them maintain their life-saving skills and
respond when needed.
Approximately one in 10 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.
"CPR, when used with an AED and started immediately after a heart
attack, can double a person's chance of surviving," adds Marentette.
Red Cross CPR courses teach important life-saving skills, including how
to recognize signs of breathing and circulation emergencies, and how to
call for help, perform CPR, and use an AED. The Red Cross is the only
national training agency to include mandatory AED training.
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 more than 50 years. For more information, or to find a course near
you, visit redcross.ca/firstaid.
SOURCE: Canadian Red Cross
For further information:
Canadian Red Cross Media Line