CPR makes you undead!Tuesday, October 30, 2012 by: SooToday.com Staff
HAERT AND STROKE
CPR makes you undead!
Learn how to save a life with the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Sault Ste. Marie
SAULT STE. MARIE - The Heart and Stroke Foundation, in partnership with EstateGuard Life Insurance Agency, Inc. and Algoma’s Water Tower Inn and Suites is making it easy for Sault Ste. Marie residents to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Recently, the Heart and Stroke Foundation launched an aggressive campaign to raise awareness of CPR, with the theme CPR Makes You Undead!
The new campaign features an edgy, horror-movie style video that teaches people what to do if someone suffers cardiac arrest and helps raise awareness of the benefits of hands-only CPR.
A free public CPR Skills and AED Awareness event will take place on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Algoma’s Water Tower Inn and Suites located at 360 Great Northern Road, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
Participants who register will receive a free Heart&Stroke Foundation CPR Anytime Family and Friends kit (valued at $40).
Everyone who completes the course will receive a CPR participation card.
To register, please visit here or phone 705-253-3201 or email email@example.com.
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 percent when early CPR is used in combination with an AED (automated external defibrillator) in the first few minutes.
For every minute that passes without help, a person’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest drops by 7 percent to 10 percent.
Learning CPR is easy and inexpensive and it could mean saving the life of a friend or family member.
The current survival rate for an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest in Ontario is only 5-6 percent.
Hands-only CPR can help boost those odds, and make the difference between life and death.
With just three easy steps you can increase the chance of someone staying alive - if you see someone in need, call 9-1-1 and push hard and fast on the centre of their chest about twice a second.
It's unscary. Uncomplicated. And best of all, it makes you undead.
“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 Pamela Patry, health promotion specialist, 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.”
“We hope as many people as possible can attend this free CPR training clinic,” says Eric Barton, Health Promotion Chair, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Sault Ste. Marie. “Statistics indicate, and I know from my own experience, 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.”
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada sets the Canadian Guidelines for CPR, defibrillation and other aspects of emergency cardiovascular care in Canada.
This free CPR Training Clinic is sponsored by the Heart and Stroke Foundation in partnership with EstateGuard Life Insurance Agency, Inc. and Algoma’s Water Tower Inn and Suites.
To learn more, visit cprundead.ca
The Heart and Stroke Foundation (heartandstroke.ca), a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke, reducing their impact through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion of healthy living and advocacy.