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For Immediate Release:
November 1, 2012

Paramedics Look to Boost Peel’s Bystander CPR Rate

BRAMPTON, ON. (Nov. 1, 2012) – With a bystander CPR rate of 35%, Peel paramedics want the community to know how important it is to jump into action when needed. That’s why they are training students and broadening minds about CPR during CPR month in November.

CPR month in November
Bystander CPR doubles the chances of survival for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests – most of which happen at home or in a public place.

“If people receive bystander CPR, the chances of survival for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest doubles,” says Dr. Sheldon Cheskes, medical director, for Peel region at Sunnybrook Osler Centre for Pre-hospital Care. “A small increase in Peel's bystander CPR rate could clearly save a large number of lives.”  

Most cardiac arrests happen in public or at home, so the message is: learn and do CPR when it’s needed. Hands-only CPR is effective and focuses on chest compressions. If someone needs CPR:

  • Check to see if he or she is responding to you or breathing
  • Call 911
  • Push hard and fast 100 times per minute in the centre of the chest

“Permanent brain damage can happen within minutes when blood isn’t flowing to the heart and brain, so don’t wait for professional help,” says Community Relations Officer for Peel Paramedics Brad Bowie. “You are helping by doing CPR and you’re protected by the Good Samaritan Act when you do.”

To sign up for CPR, contact The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, The Canadian Red Cross or St. John Ambulance.

Working with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Peel paramedics were involved in training over 5,000 people at one time at Canada’s Wonderland in October and will be assisting students teaching CPR at Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Nov. 22. On Nov. 28, they will be teaching students at Cardinal Leger whose grade 12 health-care class will attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records’ longest continual CPR record from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Peel Paramedics respond to more than 85,000 emergency medical calls every year. For more information about Peel Regional Paramedic Services visit peelems.ca, call 905-791-7800, ext. 3956 and follow us on twitter at twitter.com/peel_paramedics.

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 1.3 million people and approximately 88,000 businesses 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 peelregion.ca.



Lisa Habis
Communication Specialist
905-791-7800, ext. 4172

Brad Bowie
Community Relations Specialist
905-791-7800, ext. 3956, or 416-936-4703

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



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