New defibrillators being placed throughout Cornwall and SD&G
November 11, 2013
The Heart and Stroke Foundation, in partnership with Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Emergency Medical Services and St. John’s Ambulance, gave Cornwall and area residents a chance to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) during a free public CPR Skills & AED Awareness event on Friday, November 1st at the Benson Centre.
Recently, the Heart and Stroke Foundation launched its second annual campaign (www.cprundead.ca) to raise awareness of CPR, with the theme CPR Makes You Undead! Having started the campaign in Ontario last year, it now reaches Canadians across the country in an effort to teach people what to do if someone suffers cardiac arrest and to help raise awareness of the benefits of CPR.
In addition to the free CPR training, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Emergency Medical Services also announced today the placement of 9 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to be deployed within the City of Cornwall and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. The placement of these AED’s was made possible by a generous bequest donation from the estate of John Angus Carther.
“This ongoing investment in Public Access Defibrillators through the Heart and Stroke Foundation will provide people here in the City of Cornwall and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry with important life-saving assistance,” said Bob Kilger, Mayor of the City of Cornwall. “With access to this life-saving tool, public facilities in the City of Cornwall and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry will be safer places for all of us to gather and lead more active and healthy lives.”
With about 7,000 cardiac arrests in Ontario every year, the need to know CPR has never been more vital. The odds of surviving cardiac arrest can increase to up to 75% when early CPR is used in combination with an AED in the first few minutes. For every minute that passes without help, a person’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest drops by 7% to 10%. Learning CPR is easy and inexpensive and it could mean saving the life of a friend or family member.
“We are proud to support these free CPR training clinics,” says Bradley Nuttley, Emergency Management and Community Safety Coordinator for the Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Emergency Medical Services. “Statistics indicate that CPR and AEDs can make the difference between life and death. The more people in our community with these life-saving skills, the more lives may be saved.”
“Research shows that key barriers stopping people from performing CPR are lack of CPR training, fear of harming the victim, and failure to understand the consequences of not doing CPR," says Cindy Rowe, Area Manager, Heart and Stroke Foundation. "This is why the Heart and Stroke Foundation urges all Canadians to learn CPR and makes it easy by offering free training clinics. The more people trained, the greater the chance of keeping a person who is experiencing cardiac arrest alive until an ambulance arrives. You don’t need to be a doctor to help save a life.”
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