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Residents urged to learn life-saving skills


Would you know what to do if someone suddenly collapsed and was unresponsive? Or would you stand helplessly by, unprepared and unable to help?

During the month of November, the Heart and Stroke Foundation NL is offering free basic CPR skills sessions for residents in the St. John's area. Each of the sessions will take approximately one hour to complete and anyone is welcome to attend. This is not a certified course, but participants will learn the basics of CPR skills.
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death in our province and in all of Canada, and the foundation wants people to be prepared to react quickly and appropriately in an emergency. There are approximately 40,000 cardiac arrests in Canada per year, 85 per cent occurring away from hospital settings. With the current survival rate for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests a dismal five per cent, we need to do better.
For every one minute delay until defibrillation, the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest decreases. An individual's chance of survival is doubled when early CPR is used in combination with defibrillation. CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) use are essential skills that every person should know and have the confidence to use. They put the power to save a life in everyone's hands.
On behalf of the Heart and Stroke Foundation NL, I urge any of your readers interested in learning to save a life to contact the Foundation's Resuscitation Program co-ordinator, Sherry Healy, at 709-383-1031 or via email at sherry.healy@heartandstroke.ca. Space is limited, so it's importantto book early.
Remember, it's in your hands: being able to respond can make the difference between life and death!

MaryAnn Butt, CEO, NL, Heart and Stroke Foundation

During the month of November, the Heart and Stroke Foundation NL is offering free basic CPR skills sessions for residents in the St. John's area. Each of the sessions will take approximately one hour to complete and anyone is welcome to attend. This is not a certified course, but participants will learn the basics of CPR skills.
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death in our province and in all of Canada, and the foundation wants people to be prepared to react quickly and appropriately in an emergency. There are approximately 40,000 cardiac arrests in Canada per year, 85 per cent occurring away from hospital settings. With the current survival rate for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests a dismal five per cent, we need to do better.
For every one minute delay until defibrillation, the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest decreases. An individual's chance of survival is doubled when early CPR is used in combination with defibrillation. CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) use are essential skills that every person should know and have the confidence to use. They put the power to save a life in everyone's hands.
On behalf of the Heart and Stroke Foundation NL, I urge any of your readers interested in learning to save a life to contact the Foundation's Resuscitation Program co-ordinator, Sherry Healy, at 709-383-1031 or via email at sherry.healy@heartandstroke.ca. Space is limited, so it's importantto book early.
Remember, it's in your hands: being able to respond can make the difference between life and death!

MaryAnn Butt, CEO, NL, Heart and Stroke Foundation

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