Heart and Stroke Foundation launches innovative new CPR course to overcome training barriers

    OTTAWA, Nov. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - In a recent poll, Canadians who haven't
been trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) listed a 'lack of time' as
the main barrier to learning this lifesaving skill. The Foundation has
responded to this concern by launching CPR Anytime(TM) Family & Friends(TM), a
new 22-minute self-directed CPR training course.
    Sold exclusively by the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Canada, the course
is designed for training individuals in the workplace, in community group
settings, or in their own homes. The course comes in a kit which includes an
instructional DVD, an inflatable mini-mannequin, and a user-friendly
instruction manual with easy-to-understand text and reinforcing photographs.
    Research published in the August 2007 issue of Resuscitation found that
lay people who trained with the CPR Anytime(TM) Family & Friends(TM) course
remembered as much as those who took part in longer courses.
    "The Foundation's CPR Anytime(TM) Family & Friends(TM) training course is
successful because it's so hands-on," says Heart and Stroke Foundation
spokesperson Michael Nemeth. "Trainees repeatedly perform the techniques along
with the video, resulting in better skills retention."
    According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, almost 80 per cent of
cardiac arrests occur at home or in public places and almost half are
witnessed by a family member or friend. Yet less than five per cent of people
who have a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital survive. This is often because
CPR is not started soon enough by bystanders or not performed at all.
    A cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops beating and the person shows
no sign of life. While training in CPR skills can benefit everyone, the Heart
and Stroke Foundation believes it's especially important that the families and
caregivers of people living with heart disease - or at high risk of developing
it - get trained.
    The odds of survival for a victim of cardiac arrest are almost four times
greater if someone performs CPR on them right away.
    Cardiac arrest survival rates increase when bystanders follow the links
in the Chain of Survival(TM), which include early recognition of the arrest,
early access to emergency medical services, early CPR, and early
defibrillation. Each link in the chain increases the chance of surviving a
cardiac arrest.
    "The majority of people who suffer a cardiac arrest die because help does
not arrive in time," says Nemeth, a paramedic. "If you think someone has had a
cardiac arrest, the best chance a person has of surviving is for you to react
quickly by calling 9-1-1 or the local emergency services number and starting
    The more people trained in CPR use, the greater the chance of keeping
victims alive until an ambulance arrives.
    A 2005 study in Resuscitation concluded that this type of training could
produce a significant increase in the number of lay responders who can perform
CPR. Use of the kit also has a multiplier effect: an average of 2.5 people are
trained for every kit sold.

    "CPR Anytime(TM) Family & Friends(TM) contains everything you need to
learn to recognize and respond to a sudden cardiac arrest emergency," says
Nemeth. "By putting your heart into it and taking 22 minutes to learn CPR, you
could save the life of someone close to you."

    CPR Anytime(TM) Family & Friends(TM) teaches the core skills needed to
save a life. People who need to be certified or who would like a more in-depth
course can contact their provincial Heart and Stroke Foundation to find out
about local Heart and Stroke Foundation CPR courses.

    November is CPR Month. Put Your Heart Into It(TM). Learn CPR

    The Heart and Stroke Foundation (www.heartandstroke.ca), 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.

    For more information on CPR Anytime(TM), or to purchase a kit, visit
www.cpranytime.ca or call 888-LAERDAL.

For further information:

For further information: or interviews, contact: Jane-Diane Fraser,
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, (613) 569-4361, ext 273,

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