PRPS Pumps Up November as CPR Month
November 10, 2011
Eighty per cent of cardiac arrests in Canada take place at home. If CPR is performed within the first few minutes, it can increase survival and recovery by 30 per cent or more.
Peel Regional Paramedic Services, Peel Paramedic Association and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario will be conducting a CPR education day for Brampton Youth Hockey (coaches, trainers, referees) on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Victoria Park Arena.
The education day will consist of two sessions, for up to 60 people in each session, with a number of Peel paramedics and medical health partners on hand to offer additional insights and answer any questions.
Additional CPR education days have been planned throughout the month of November with a local senior’s organization and at a number of smaller venues.
Dr. Sheldon Cheskes, Peel Regional Paramedic Services’ Medical Director and Co-Principal Investigator of the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium, confirms that, “bystander CPR in Peel currently sits at approximately 34 per cent – almost double that of 10 years ago, but could stand to be a lot higher.”
Members of the public can look into CPR training from:
The thought of performing CPR shouldn’t induce anxiety in people. Check out the American Heart Association’s Staying Alive - Learn & Live video and see how simple it is to help save a life.
Peel Regional Paramedic Services responds to more than 84,000 emergency medical calls every year.
In an emergency, always call 9-1-1