As many as 45,000 cardiac arrests occur in Canada every year. The majority of these are the result of cardiovascular or cerebrovascular events (heart attacks or strokes). Quick action on the part of bystanders and/or appropriately trained health-care providers improves the chance of surviving cardiac arrest. The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSF), whose mission is to reduce death and disability from heart disease and stroke, is dedicated to providing resuscitation training that will supply the necessary tools for managing sudden and life-threatening events.
HSF Resuscitation Programs provide specific training in:
- the recognition of early warning signs of heart attack and stroke;
- the activation of the emergency response system (e.g., 9-1-1);
- the provision of early basic life support (BLS), including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation;
- the provision of advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS) or pediatric advanced life support (PALS).
Early defibrillation with AEDs (automated external defibrillators) is a safe, simple and effective way to decrease morbidity and mortality from cardiac arrest. Through the development of policies, position statements and resources, HSF maintains and enhances its leadership role in resuscitation training, and through national and provincial AED initiatives, the Foundation is working diligently to place more AEDs in communities across Canada. In partnership with our community and program sponsors, we are making a difference in Canadian communities by ensuring they are becoming cardiac-safe.
For more information on AED placements and what you can do in your community, please contact your local Heart and Stroke Foundation office.
FIRST AID/CPR Program
There are close to 250,000 lost-time workplace accidents in Canada each year – and countless others in homes and communities across this country. Our Instructor Network has offered overwhelming feedback that combining First Aid with HSF CPR training will help them reach more Canadians skills and confidence to respond to any type of medical emergency. Beginning at the end of April, 2014, we are training HSF Instructors (and people who currently teach First Aid for other agencies) to deliver quality HSF First Aid/CPR training. The course will cover 17 critical areas of emergency care including: emergency scene management; respiratory and cardiovascular emergencies; bone, join and muscle injuries; burns, bleeding and wounds; and more.