CONTRIBUTION · 11th November 2010
Debbie van't Kruis
Cardiopumonary Resuscitation is a lifesaving skill that can double a person's chance of survival from a sudden cardiac arrest - if more people knew it.
Cardiac arrest doesn't just happen to the elderly, or sick - it can happen from heart attack, stroke, drowning, electrocution, suffocation, and drug overdose.
Time is precious, every minute of delay reduces a person's chance of survival by 10%.
CPR is easy to learn - everyone should know it. The Chain of Survival steps are to recognize the symptoms, call 9-1-1, start CPR, and use an automated external defibrillator (AED).
Effective CPR combined with the use of an AED can double a person's chance of survival. More than 35,000 Canadians will suffer a sudden cardiac arrest this year and less than 1/3 of them will receive CPR from a bystander.
Let's work together to change this!
For the month of November the Terrace Aquatic Centre will be holding CPR classes and offering those classes on a 2 for the price of 1 sale. Please take advantage of this. Demonstrations of CPR and AED use will also be happening at the aquatic centre and other venues throughout Terrace.
Let's put Terrace on the map for having more people knowing how to do CPR and knowing what to do in an emergency.