Are you “HeartSET” everywhere you go?
Today, Canadians are choosing to be HeartSET by getting safety education and tools to stay safe at work, home and play. Imagine the peace of mind you would have if all the people that matter to you in your life were CPR trained and an AED was in close proximity to where you work, live and play. Our communities would be tremendously safer with people empowered as bystanders to save lives when a cardiac arrest occurs.
In Canada, a staggering 35,000 to 45,000 people die of sudden cardiac arrests each year. A cardiac arrest is when your heart suddenly stops pumping, your brain is quickly starved of oxygen; you become unconscious and stop breathing. It only takes three minutes for brain damage to set in and within 10 minutes the person has usually died. In most cases the ambulance will not make it in time. Almost 80 percent of all cardiac arrests occur in homes and public places, and 35 to 55% are witnessed by a family member, co-worker or friend. The survival rate of victims of sudden cardiac arrest (outside of a hospital) is approximately 5%. Unfortunately, the majority of people witnessing cardiac arrest do not perform CPR. Knowing how to respond to a cardiac arrest can increase the odds of survival and recovery by 30% or more.
Defibrillation is the only effective treatment for sudden cardiac arrest. Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) deliver an electrical shock to the heart to help re-establish a normal rhythm, and when combined with CPR, the use of an AED can increase the likelihood of survival by up to 75%.
Three Simple Steps to Get HeartSET:
#1 TRAIN – Get CPR Training
In Canada, we simply cannot rely on strangers and bystanders to help us if a cardiac arrest occurs. The chance that a bystander knows and will perform CPR in Canada is about 15%, according to an Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) study. In a matter of hours, you can learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), a life-saving technique that is uncomplicated and easy to learn. St. John Ambulance is the largest provider of regularly scheduled first aid training programs in Canada. Get CPR trained today and be one step closer to being HeartSET everywhere you go. Please visit sja.ca to register for a CPR training session that’s convenient for you.
#2 EQUIP – Buy an AED for Your Space
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a small, lightweight, and portable electronic device that delivers an electric shock through the chest wall of a person whose heart has stopped beating. It is proven to be one of the most important tools in saving the life of someone suffering sudden cardiac arrest, and it’s a piece of equipment that St. John Ambulance recommends for every space. Because most AEDs emit clear voice prompts and have legible and visual instructions, they can be used by anyone, regardless of age or experience. In fact, using an AED is one of the easiest first aid techniques you can master. All AEDs are easy to use and possess three basic elements: a battery, a main unit that analyzes heart rhythm and generates the electrical charge, and the pads that deliver the shock. St. John Ambulance is the largest provider of AEDs in British Columbia and the Yukon.
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#3 MAINTAIN – Update your AED Supplies and CPR Training Skills
In order to stay HeartSET, you must ensure your CPR training is up to date and your AED supplies are maintained. Simply re-certify your CPR training and keep a log indicating that the AED is operational, the batteries are still working, and all the components of your kit are in working order. On average, batteries should be replaced every four years, and pads every two years.
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