By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – You don't need a medical degree to be a lifesaver. There are three simple steps that will help prevent cardiac arrest.
© Adam Brazeau
The difference between life and death: Heart & Stroke area manager Cindy Rowe (pictured) invites everyone to the free CPR skills training event, happening at the Benson Centre on Nov. 1.
The local Heart & Stroke Foundation is hosting a free CPR skills training event on Fri., Nov. 1 at the Benson Centre, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
"The more people trained, the greater the chance of keeping a person who is experiencing cardiac arrest alive until an ambulance arrives," said Heart & Stroke area manager Cindy Rowe.
Rowe said there are nearly 7,000 cardiac arrests in Ontario every year. The odds of surviving a cardiac arrest can increase up to 75 per cent when early CPR is used, in combination with an AED in the first few minutes.
"That's why the Heart and Stroke Foundation urges all Canadians to learn CPR and makes it easy by offering free training clinics," said Rowe.
The first 125 families to register will receive a free Heart & Stroke Anytime Family and Friends kit. It consists of a mini-Annie CPR doll, and a DVD that teaches CPR skills.
The Heart & Stroke Foundation is holding the free event, in partnership with Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
The current survival rate for an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest in Ontario is only 5 to 6 per cent. Hands-only CPR can dramatically increase that percentage, making the difference in a life or death situation.
"You don't need to be a doctor to save a life," said Rowe.
To register, contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation at 613-938-8933, or e-mail email@example.com.