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Thanks to the tremendous support from Rotary Club Lions Gate, the program in the North Vancouver School District is now set up. Schools will receive the training equipment and teachers will be trained as CPR and AED Instructors for their students. Schools then own the program and teachers empower all students to help save lives.
These students are empowered to save lives whether it’s a parent, grandparent, or stranger suffering a heart attack, sudden cardiac arrest, or stroke; or a friend or child involved in a choking, asthmatic, diabetic, or drowning emergency.
Early CPR combined with early defibrillation can increase survival rates for cardiac arrest victims by up to 75%, according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. However, current survival rates are low because most people don’t know CPR or how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)—a small, easy-to-use device with voice prompts that can tell when a heart stops beating effectively and can deliver an electric shock to help restart the heart.
The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation along with our community and national health partners are working together with schools and communities across British Columbia to establish the lifesaving CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training program for youth.