CPR Month 2012
There is more to managing a cardiac arrest than “pushing the button” on an AED. If you witnessed a family member in cardiac arrest, would you know what to do? Nearly 20,000 people go into cardiac arrest outside of hospital every single year in Canada. Unfortunately, less than 10 percent of those individuals survive. One of the leading causes is that 75 percent of those people do not receive immediate CPR, mainly due to a fear of “doing it wrong.” The truth is, you can’t hurt someone who is in cardiac arrest, they are already dead. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApmPQDAzYyM] The majority of Canadians say they would recognize the signs if someone were experiencing a cardiac emergency, but fewer than half say they have the skills to help. Now is the time to make a difference. November is CPR Month the team here at Iridia urges everyone to either become certified or re-certify (see why you should re-certify now). Widespread training will lead to effective bystander CPR, which, used in conjunction with an AED and administered immediately following cardiac arrest, can double a person’s chance of survival. At Iridia, we offer two training options, Initial Training and a Re-certification. Our four hour Initial Training workshop provides certification in AED use as well as CPR Level ‘C’(adult, child and infant; one and two-rescuer). This training session is taught on site with substantial time spent on practical drills utilizing the in-house Medical Emergency Response Plan. Pre and post cardiac arrest procedures are also included. Our shorter AED Provider re-training program is two hours in length and reviews lessons from the initial training program. We can also work with an organization to develop an “In-House Program” where one or more of your own employees receives training to become an AED instructor. Learn more about our medical education course offerings.