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You have the power to save a life

What would you say if I told you that you had the power to save a life in your community?  Would you believe me?  Saving a life is easier than you might think. November is CPR month and as a Paramedic I can’t stress enough how important bystander CPR is in the chain of survival when a persons’ heart stops.  Of all the cardiac arrests that I have seen, or heard of through colleagues, that resulted in the person having their heart successfully restarted have all had some element of bystander CPR prior to paramedics or a defibrillator arriving.
 

Inga’s heroes: Red Cross trainer saved by her students

When Inga Sloan arrived at Canadian Forces Base Borden to teach a Canadian Red Cross CPR/AED first aid course, she had no idea she would be teaching the people who would save her life.

Training the trainers in first aid for the body and mind

Sometimes first aid means checking an unresponsive patient’s airway, breathing and circulation. Sometimes it means recognizing the symptoms that could lead to self harm, or supporting someone through a panic attack.
“We always say if someone is hurt, we can help them,” says Diane Story, who has been a first aid educator at the Red Cross for almost 40 years, adding that this doesn’t always mean physically. “Sometimes they are hurt in a different way.”

SmartStart, and First Aid lessons in Chinese, helped a mom save her choking infant

Knowing basic first aid can help save lives. But if you’re more comfortable learning in a language other than English, it may be more challenging to find a first aid course. More than 50 per cent of the population in B.C.’s Lower Mainland speaks a language other than English at home. Luckily, Choi, who had to administer first aid on her infant daughter, was able to take first aid and disaster preparedness lessons in Chinese last year. 

Rescuer Award for man who saved son with CPR

​Cliff Colpitts took his first ever first aid class. It was offered through his workplace. Canadian Red Cross training partner Ron Gillatt instructed the class, teaching important first aid skills – including CPR, which Cliff would later use to save his son’s life.

Heroic actions recognized in Canadian Red Cross Rescuer awards

It was an emotional evening as 10 people from Alberta and British Columbia were recognized for their heroic efforts in two life-changing events and given Canadian Red Cross Rescuer Awards at a ceremony in Calgary.

Preventing injury and illness in the workplace: updates to Canadian First Aid Guidelines

Working with and around others on a regular basis is often mandatory in our workplace but there are safety precautions we can all take to help minimize the risk of injury or illness. Check out these updates to the Canadian First Aid Guidelines.

"Everything aligned" for a dramatic rescue in Squamish, BC

A woman is found frozen in remote Squamish, British Columbia. The story of her rescue seems almost impossible, combining luck with a dedicated team’s refusal to give up. 

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