If you needed to save a life. Would you be up to the challenge?
Image from The Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Cardiac arrest is a medical emergency and can strike without warning, affecting people of all ages and all fitness levels. If you see someone collapse and is unresponsive, call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number and do CPR immediately and, if available, use an AED until medical help arrives. If this treatment is done within the first few minutes of a cardiac arrest, it can save a life!
First aid is the first step in the process of assessing and addressing the medical needs of someone who has been injured or is in distress due to aheart attack, stroke, choking, or other medical emergencies. Being trained in first aid techniques allows you to determine the immediate course of treatment required until advanced medical help arrives.
CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is an emergency procedure that is used to restore blood flow to someone who is having cardiac arrest. Without proper blood flow, the brain and organs can be seriously damaged and the person can die within minutes if not treated immediately. CPR can help maintain blood flow and ventilation for a short period of time in a person experiencing cardiac arrest.
An AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is a device that is used to get a heart back to its natural rhythms by delivering an electrical shock to the heart during a cardiac arrest.
Typically you can find AEDs in malls, community centres, and other public places. The Heart and Stroke Foundation has placed a significant number of AEDs across the country and trained thousands of people how to use them.
Thank you, to the Heart and Stroke Foundation for providing this helpful information.
Do you need to obtain your CPR certification or first aid training?
Please contact: Foundations Safety and First Aid, Kim Sturgeon (604) 398-2635
or visit the Canadian Red Cross here to register for a course near you!