CPR & You: Why Learning This Fundamental Life Skill Benefits Everyone

CPR & You: Why Learning This Fundamental Life Skill Benefits Everyone

Some of life’s events can take us by surprise. These events can be so fundamentally shocking that it is difficult to determine how one would react in the moment. For most of us, witnessing a friend, neighbour, or family member go into cardiac arrest could be one of these moments.

With over 50,000 annual deaths attributed to heart disease alone, incidences of cardiac arrest are far from uncommon within Canada. ProSafe First Aid and our partners at the Canadian Red Cross make it our duty to ensure that the public is prepared to handle these life threatening situations before they take place.

It is never too late or too early in one’s life to learn the fundamentals of CPR. With heart disease being one of the most prevalent medical issues of our day and age, it is essential that everyone has the training and know-how to save lives.

ProSafe’s CPR and AED courses are excellent choices for anyone seeking to learn these invaluable skills. These programs go far beyond the basics of administering CPR or using AED devices – their five-hour duration also delves into topics such as administering medications, understanding and supervising the recovery position, and even how to react to choking-related emergencies.

For those who work or live with children, our CPR-C program combines all of the knowledge of the standard CPR-A (Adults) course with additional materials directed specifically towards administering CPR to infants and children. Every day, we witness the certification of many parents, teachers, early childhood educators, and babysitters, all of whom leave our classroom with the tools needed to keep their loved ones safe.

graphic depicting CPR steps during Covid-19
Source: Heart & Stroke

At the end of the day, it may not be a family member or close friend that this knowledge will save – it can be a stranger on the street as well. With approximately 35,000 Canadians experiencing an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year, the pressure to save a life may fall on public bystanders. In a recent statement, The Heart & Stroke Foundation has declared that bystander intervention and immediate action are essential and underwritten forms of treatment.

This medical approach is only possible with the right training. Give ProSafe a call today — our team is prepared to help you make a difference, and possibly preserve a life.