The Heart and Stroke Foundation, in partnership with Hamilton Paramedic Service and the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, is celebrating the deployment of 58 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in Hamilton Catholic Schools.
School board chairperson Patrick J. Daly said the safety of students, staff, parents and visitors is paramount, and the board is thankful for the support of Hamilton EMS and the Heart and Stroke Foundation for facilitating the AED deployment.
With more than 7,000 cardiac arrests in Ontario every year, the need to know CPR has never been more vital, said Bethany Letto, health promotion specialist for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. An individual’s odds of surviving a cardiac arrest can increase to up to 75 per cent when early CPR is used in combination with an AED in the first few minutes.
“The Heart and Stroke Foundation urges all Canadians to learn CPR,” said Letto. “The more people trained, the greater the chance of keeping a person who is experiencing cardiac arrest alive until an ambulance arrives. You don’t need to be a doctor to help save a life.”