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For Immediate Release:
June 29, 2011

Peel First to Launch North American CPR Study: Chest Compressions Key to Survival

BRAMPTON, ON. (June 28, 2011) – Peel Regional Paramedics have enrolled the first case in a North American study intended to determine the impact of an alternate method of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) compared to standard CPR.  

Chest Compressions Key to Survival"Previous research has shown that minimizing interruptions in chest compressions may impact survival from cardiac arrest," says Dr. Sheldon Cheskes, Peel Regional Paramedic Services’ medical director and Co-Principal investigator of the Toronto site of the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium. "This research will compare two methods of CPR in hopes of providing some insight as to the optimal method of CPR."

The study known as Continuous Cardiac Compressions (CCC) is led by the Resuscitation Outcome Consortium (ROC) and comes on the heels of another recently published ROC study showing that survival rates from cardiac arrest decreased when more time passed between chest compressions and defibrillation. Perishock Pause: An Independent Predictor of Survival From Out-of-Hospital Shockable Cardiac Arrest led by Dr. Cheskes can be found in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation and online at circ.ahajournals.org.

Cheskes also pointed out that bystander CPR in Peel currently sits at approximately 34 percent - almost double that of 10 years ago, but could stand to be a lot higher.

“Bystanders performing hands-only CPR before paramedics get to the scene is an extremely important factor in the success of a cardiac resuscitation,” says Cheskes. “It can mean the difference between life and death.”   

Members of the public can look into CPR training from organizations such as the Peel Paramedic Association, St. John Ambulance, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and the Canadian Red Cross.  

Peel paramedics and Brampton and Mississauga firefighters were trained for the CCC study which launched first in Peel on June 6.  

"Peel's paramedics are dedicated to ongoing training and education that delivers better patient outcomes,” says Peter Dundas, Peel Regional Paramedic Services Chief.  "We're excited to participate in another groundbreaking study with the ROC research group."

Eight locations across the U.S. and Canada are conducting the CCC trial. Almost 125 fire and EMS organizations, involving more than 20,000 fire and emergency medical service providers who serve a combined population of nearly 15 million people from diverse urban, suburban and rural regions will participate in the study. To learn more about ROC, visit roc.uwctc.org.

Peel Paramedics respond to more than 84,000 emergency medical calls every year. For more information about Peel Regional Paramedic Services, visit peelems.ca.

The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit our website at peelregion.ca.



Rosanna Armata
Public Affairs Associate
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 5916;

Verena Jones
Education, Research and
Community Programs Supervisor
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 3955

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail



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