HAMILTON, ON, July 26, 2012 /CNW/ - July 25, 2012 - Once again, AEDs and
CPR have proven their worth as a Hamilton man is alive today thanks to
the quick actions of members of the public and police officers.
On Sunday, July 22, a Hamilton-area man started experiencing chest
pains. His wife drove him to a local hospital but on the way, she
stopped at a local police station for help where the man collapsed upon
Bystanders immediately started CPR and officers on duty at the East End
Police Station in Hamilton retrieved the AED on site and shocked the
man's heart following voice-prompters. Paramedics arrived and continued
care while transporting the man to hospital where he is currently in
This weekend's save is the 41st in Ontario by an AED placed by the
Foundation since 2006, and highlights the fact that with simple
training in CPR and the availability of an AED to perform immediate
defibrillation, anyone can save a life.
"This life saved is a testament to what happens when community members
learn CPR and use an AED when it is within reach," said Andrew Lotto,
Manager, Resuscitation Programs, Heart and Stroke Foundation. "With
continued support of the public, community groups and funding partners,
one day AEDs will be as commonplace as fire extinguishers in Ontario to
The placement of the AED at the East End Police Station and training of
staff was made possible through funds raised by Hockey for Heart as
well as the Heart and Stroke Foundation's Restart a Heart, a Life
Program™, the Chase McEachern Tribute Fund and the Hamilton EMS Public
Access Defibrillation (PAD) Program.
When a person is in cardiac arrest, seconds count. When CPR is combined
with the use of an AED in those early minutes, an individual's chance
of surviving a cardiac arrest increases to up to 75 per cent. Without
CPR and defibrillation, fewer than five per cent of people who have a
cardiac arrest outside of a hospital survive.
"The statistics tell a compelling story," added Lotto. "CPR and AEDs
absolutely save lives, and Ontarians can join the Heart and Stroke
Foundation's efforts to boost survival rates by using these simple and
effective tools if someone nearby suffers cardiac arrest."
The new CPR guidelines announced on October 2010 stress the early
recognition of cardiac arrest urging people to call 9-1-1 or their
local emergency number if they find someone collapsed and unresponsive,
and not to delay by 'looking, listening and feeling' for breathing or
The guidelines also recommend that instead of trying to remember how
many compressions and how many breaths, bystanders doing CPR simply
"push hard and push fast" on the centre of the chest.
The Foundation recommends that all Canadians learn the life-saving
skills of CPR and review this knowledge often. Learning and reviewing
CPR skills has been made much easier with an at-home video kit, the Heart and Stroke CPR AnytimeTM for Family and FriendsTM. The kit teaches the basic skills of CPR in as little as 22 minutes.
Visit http://www.cpranytime.ca to order yours today!
The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads
in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact
through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion
of healthy living, and advocacy. (heartandstroke.ca)
SOURCE: Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario
For further information:
Communications Specialist, Resuscitation Programs
Heart and Stroke Foundation
416-489-7111 ext. 736