CPR Training Saves Lives

    OTTAWA, March 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadian Red Cross welcomes academic or
medical studies that seek to improve the success rate of cardiopulmonary
resuscitation (CPR). However, the existing method of CPR currently taught in
first-aid courses across Canada is still very effective at saving lives.
Following the study on CPR published today in the Lancet medical journal,
there are presently no plans to modify training courses based on its findings
until the conclusions are further evaluated by medical professionals.
    "This study and many others will be carefully evaluated by medical
professionals from around the world, who are members of the International
Liaison Committee on Resuscitation," says Rick Caissie, national manager of
first aid programs at Canadian Red Cross. "The guidelines are thoroughly
reviewed every five years, and if through this review changes are considered
warranted, they will become part of the 2010 guidelines."
    As the largest provider of CPR and first aid courses worldwide, Canadian
Red Cross has recently revised all its CPR and first aid courses for the 2005
guidelines, making it even easier to learn and perform CPR following recent
research. The Red Cross encourages all Canadians to learn how to better
respond to emergencies using life-saving CPR methods.

    Canadian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross and Red
Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross
and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and
185 national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Our mission is to improve
the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada
and around the world.
    If you have never been trained in first aid or CPR, or are due for a
refresher course, now is the time to learn how to save a life. For information
on first aid, CPR or automated external defibrillation (AED) courses, please
visit www.redcross.ca/firstaid , or call 1-877-356-3226.

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