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"It was worth it": How N.S. author used first aid training to help

Award-winning author Rebecca Thomas, of Nova Scotia, thought getting trained in first aid may come in useful but she couldn’t have guessed within a couple months, Rebecca would find herself using these skills in two first aid emergencies.

Do you know the signs of a stroke?

When it comes to strokes, every second counts - that’s why it is so important to know the signs, and to act FAST.

Transit trio apply critical first aid skills to save a life

Everyday transit enforcement officers patrol bus hubs in the City of Mississauga with the goal to keep everyone safe. One day, in early January, Michal and two of his colleagues relied their first aid training to save a man’s life.

Adapted first aid training: an inclusive Red Cross experience  

When my first aid certification expired during the pandemic, I knew it was time to renew. Typically, I’d be keen to refresh my skills and knowledge – after all, being able to help in an emergency is a valuable skill to have. Still, I hesitated. Unlike the last time I’d certified, I now live with reduced mobility and was feeling less confident about training this time around. 

Retired CPR instructor’s speedy response gives neighbour second chance at life

Enjoying the gentle busyness retirement has to offer, Heather Dewar, former CPR instructor of more than 25 years, went about her day like any other. Then, when her neighbour collapsed, Heather’s years of experience told her exactly what she needed to do next.

Teaching kids how to act in emergencies

When six-year-old Jaycee's mom became unconscious, Jaycee knew how to call 911 for help. Her story shows how real-world scenarios often call on children to respond to challenges. Here’s how to help them be ready like Jaycee.

The heart attack symptoms you don’t hear about

It’s November, the temperature is -5 degrees, and it’s snowing. June looks outside and decides to shovel her driveway.  Her driveway is not very big and she feels can get it done before her guests arrive. About halfway through shoveling the driveway, June begins to feel a little nauseous.  She tries to finish but the more she continues the more nauseous she gets. Now, she is beginning to get extremely tired. 

Two Women Receive Award for Saving Man's Life

The evening in February began as a celebration of the Okotoks Dawgs baseball team at its annual banquet dinner – and ended early when the guest speaker had a medical emergency.

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame member and renowned sports journalist and author Bob Elliott was just minutes into his speech when he went into cardiac arrest and lost consciousness.

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