Lifelong Learning

CPR & AED Training in Schools

CPR training should be mandatory and AED's should be readily available and required in all schools.

In the case of cardiac arrest, every second counts. It's fatal if no quick actions are taken within minutes.

There's power in community—bystanders need to be ready to help save lives. Everyone should be trained to give effective chest compressions and know how to use an AED. About 60 per cent of cardiac arrests happen outside of a hospital. People who suffer cardiac arrest out of hospital are three to four times more likely to survive when they receive CPR from family, friends or bystanders, unfortunately bystander CPR rates in this country rarely exceed 25 per cent...

CPR is a life-saving skill. It must become a moral obligation and a social expectation that bystanders will perform CPR when they witness a cardiac arrest. We recommend the following:

Make CPR education in high schools a prerequisite to earn a high school diploma. In Ontario, CPR education is currently introduced in Grade 9 or 10.

Offer tax exemptions for companies providing certified CPR training courses to employees and to individuals who take similar certified CPR education.

Ensure all ambulance dispatch centres provide CPR instructions to bystanders before paramedics arrive.

Create a coalition of stakeholder groups such as the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Red Cross, St. John Ambulance and medical, nursing and paramedic associations to spearhead a public awareness campaign.

Make CPR certification required for an Ontario drivers license.

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