Authorized Provider of Canadian Red Cross First Aid and CPR courses in Toronto

 

Canadian Red Cross Authorized Provider of First Aid and CPR courses.  We offer First Aid and CPR courses in the Greater Toronto Area.  Classes include Standard First Aid, Emergency First Aid, Basic Rescuer CPR, BCLS, Babysitters and Child Safety classes.

 

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You would expect a first aid course to make you more aware of potential dangers.  But did you know your participation may reduce your risk of injury by up to 40%?

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10/29/2003 - Canadians Do It Faster (Source: Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada)


Canadians have become the fastest in the world at recognizing the symptoms of a heart attack and doing something about it. A new international study comparing the time it took to deliver care to heart attack victims in seven countries found that Canadians took the least time to call for an ambulance.

The study was presented today by Dr. Robert Welsh and colleagues at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2003, co-hosted by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society. Besides Canada, the other countries in the study were Germany, Spain, France, The Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. 

The study, which included at least 50 patients from each country, found that Canadians reached for the phone first, and that people from the UK were the last to call for help. It also found that patients got treated faster if they were younger, male, or had previous heart disease.

“The Heart and Stroke Foundation has been teaching Canadians how to recognize a heart attack, and underlining the “phone first” message with the public for many years now”, says Marc Gay, a paramedic and Chair of the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Emergency Cardiac Care Committee. “Obviously we’ve been successful, but Canadians need to know more about the entire “Chain of Survival,” including how to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) until professional help arrives.” November is CPR Month, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation encourages all Canadians to “phone first” and learn CPR.

“Time is heart muscle and heart muscle is life,” says Dr. Paul Armstrong, Heart and Stroke Foundation spokesperson and Canadian Director of the study (ASSENT 3 Plus), who collaborated with Dr Welsh and other colleagues in surveying the factors involved in the delay in care delivery of heart attack patients.

Compared to an earlier study conducted in hospital (ASSENT 3), the current study found that heart attack victims who received clot busting drugs in the ambulance had 47 minutes faster treatment than patients who had to wait until they got to the hospital. The new study examined factors that might influence the time needed to get to the patient and give the right treatment.

There are four parts that determine the time to care, Dr. Armstrong says. The first and most important is the time from the start of symptoms to the time when the patient calls for help. “This is a major public health issue,” he notes. The other components are the time it takes for the ambulance to arrive, the time between ambulance arrival and the start of therapy, and the time between the start of therapy and ultimate arrival at the hospital.

November is CPR Awareness Month in Canada.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation (www.heartandstroke.ca) establishes the guidelines for emergency cardiac care in Canada as a member of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR). Every year 1.6 million Canadians are trained in CPR
 

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