Paramedics and Students Teach Shoppers How to Save a Life
BRAMPTON, ON (Feb. 5, 2015) - Peel Paramedics, St. John Ambulance staff and students from Cardinal Leger Catholic School provided free hands-only CPR and public access defibrillator demonstrations to shoppers in Bramalea City Centre today in support of Heart Month, which is celebrated in February nationwide. Interested shoppers could take part in the demonstrations happening every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
“Take a CPR course, learn how to use a defibrillator and let's start saving more lives,” said Dr. Sheldon Cheskes, Medical Director, Sunnybrook Centre for Pre-Hospital Medicine. “Bystander CPR is one of the few measures that can significantly improve outcomes for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Currently the rate of bystander CPR in Peel is just under 40 per cent. By encouraging people to perform CPR and increasing rates to 50 per cent, it could double cardiac arrest survival rates. Using a public access defibrillator, a simple device to restore the heart beat to a regular rhythm, could further enhance our ability as a community to save more lives.”
Hands-only CPR is a widely accepted alternative if you don’t have full CPR certification which includes mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. If someone around you is unconscious and isn’t breathing, call 9-1-1. Using your hands push hard and fast in the centre of the chest 100 times per minute until paramedics arrive. For more information about hands-only CPR or to watch a demonstration online, visit peelregion.ca/paramedics. For more information about CPR certification, contact The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, The Canadian Red Cross, the Peel Paramedic Association or St. John Ambulance. Please note that course length and fees may vary.
Peel Paramedics respond to more than 100,000 emergency medical calls every year. For more information about Peel Regional Paramedic Services, visit peelregion.ca/paramedics or follow them 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, call the Region of Peel at 905-799-7700 or visit peelregion.ca/health.