Taking the Fear Out of CPR – One Compression at a Time
At a recent BYHA CPR Training clinic, Brad Bowie, Community Relations Specialist with Peel Regional Paramedic Services presents the winner of a Heart and Stroke CPR Family Training Kit to Daisy Marskell, team representative for both the Brampton Bruins and Brampton Spitfires.
BRAMPTON, ON (November 15, 2011) – November is CPR Month and volunteer paramedics with Peel Regional Paramedic Services (PRPS), the Peel Paramedic Association (PPA) and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario are on a mission to alleviate the fear people have about performing CPR.
“CPR must become a moral and civil duty, as well as a social expectation,” Dr. Norman Epstein, Emergency Physician with Physicians and Paramedics Urging Life Saving Education (PULSE) insisted during a recent CPR training clinic for Brampton Youth Hockey Association coaches, trainers and managers.
Bystander CPR in Peel currently stands at 34 per cent, one of the highest in North America. Dr. Epstein figures, “over 20,000 Canadians suffer cardiac arrests annually, 85 per cent of them occurring in the home, and less than 10 per cent survive; if we increase our bystander CPR rate from 25 to 50 per cent, we’d save 2,000 more people.”
Recent studies, like the Continuous Cardiac Compressions (CCC) led by the Resuscitation Outcome Consortium (ROC), shows that survival rates from cardiac arrest decreased when more time passed between chest compressions and defibrillation. In 2010, the Heart and Stoke Foundation introduced a simpler protocol for administering life-saving CPR aid. The new CPR protocol involves three easy steps:
- Check if the person is responding to you or breathing
- Call 911
- Push hard and fast 100 times per minute in the centre of the chest
“It can’t get any simpler,” says Ben Addley, Deputy Chief for Peel Regional Paramedic Services. “You cannot do CPR wrong; Just by attempting it, you’re doing something right!”
A common misconception is that bystanders who perform CPR can be sued if the victim is injured or dies. A bystander who administers CPR anywhere in Canada is protected by the Good Samaritan Act.
Another misconception is that a bystander must revive a victim prior to paramedics arriving on scene. Jason Slenys, Peel Regional Paramedic and member of the PPA is passionate in dispelling this idea. “The professionals need all the help they can get. Once a person suffers cardiac arrest there is a window of only four to six minutes before they may suffer permanent brain damage. The goal of bystander CPR is to get blood flowing to the heart and the brain until the paramedics arrive. Don’t underestimate the important role that you can play in saving a life.”
Members of the public can look into CPR training from:
Peel Paramedics respond to more than 84,000 emergency medical calls every year. For more information about Peel Regional Paramedic Services, visit peelems.ca or call 905-791-7800, ext. 3956.