November is CPR Month: Learn to save a life

Topics: National, First Aid and CPR
November 04, 2013

Nearly 40 per cent of Canadians say they have been in an emergency situation where they have had to perform first aid, but fewer than half say they would know how to help someone suffering a heart attack. November is CPR Month, an annual campaign to promote the importance of CPR as a life-saving skill. Take a course and download the free First Aid App today to keep your life-saving skills up to date.
 
Downloading the free Canadian Red Cross First Aid App puts critical knowledge in your hands, and helps Canadians provide life-saving assistance any time, any where. Only 15 per cent of Canadians say they could confidently help someone suffering from a heart attack, but it takes only half a day to learn the necessary skills to save a life.
 
Available for Apple and Android mobile devices, the app helps users maintain their first aid skills and respond to everyday emergencies. Users get instant access to videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice to help them maintain their life-saving skills and respond when needed. 
 
CPR, when used with an AED and started immediately after a heart attack, can double a person’s chance of surviving. 
 
Approximately one in 10 deaths in Canada directly results from a heart attack.  In large urban centres, the average ambulance response time is more than eight minutes, but permanent brain damage is likely to occur within four to six minutes after a person stops breathing.