CARE - Cardiac Arrest Response and Education

CARE - Cardiac Arrest Response and Education We believe: Every Kid Should Learn To Save a Life

Our group is made up of patients, and parents who lost their children to sudden cardiac arrest, scientists who are experts in this field, paramedic organizations, and various other organizations.

10/14/2022

Did you know that US states that require CPR training in high schools have a higher rate of bystander CPR? That’s one of the reasons why bills that require high schoolers to learn CPR are so important!

We at the Canadian SADS Foundation encourage our lawmakers to help build safer communities by adopting laws that require CPR in high school.

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Please join me live on Friday at 12 pm EST to hear about SCA in children and how we can increase awareness and rates of ...
10/12/2022

Please join me live on Friday at 12 pm EST to hear about SCA in children and how we can increase awareness and rates of bystander Link to live broadcast on youtube: https://youtu.be/518pqyu0exo

This special webcast is brought to you by the McGill World Restart A Heart (WRAH) team. Moderators: Carla Apostolova, McGill Medical Student and Chair for th...

10/05/2022

Mandatory CPR training improves outcomes of sudden cardiac arrest. Other countries like Denmark have implemented national CPR training legislation that resulted in significant increased survival rates in OHCA’s. It’s time for Canada to follow suit.

Sign the petition in our bio.

10/05/2022

Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in Canada. Bystander intervention helps to prevent tragedies from occurring. Join us in spreading awareness and calling for mandatory CPR & AED training in schools.

Petition link in bio.

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October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month and it is amazing to hear another lifesaving story because of bystander...
10/28/2021

October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month and it is amazing to hear another lifesaving story because of bystander CPR.

Anastasiya Kaczmarek was 27 years old, and less than a month after giving birth, she went into sudden cardiac arrest. Thankfully, with the quick actions of a bystander providing CPR until paramedics arrived, Kaczmarek survived.

Read the full story here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/georgetown-mother-says-stranger-saved-her-life-with-cpr-1.6225894

Less than a month after delivering her baby girl, 27-year-old Anastasiya Kaczmarek never would have imagined she would have a sudden cardiac arrest, collapsing metres from her home. Luckily, someone who knew CPR got to her in time to help save her life.

A great video explaining what cardiac arrest is and why CPR is important, as it acts as a manual pump to keep blood flow...
06/16/2021

A great video explaining what cardiac arrest is and why CPR is important, as it acts as a manual pump to keep blood flowing in the body during a cardiac arrest.

Updated guidance during Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic recommends following these steps to save a life while staying safe: If someone is unconscious and not b...

"Eriksen's heart stopped and he was gone before being resuscitated with a defibrillator at the European Championship"Ano...
06/15/2021

"Eriksen's heart stopped and he was gone before being resuscitated with a defibrillator at the European Championship"

Another example of why CPR and using an AED in a cardiac arrest emergency are both important and lifesaving. Christian Eriksen, 29 years old, collapsed during Denmark's Euro 2020 game against Finland on Saturday due to cardiac arrest. He was successfully resuscitated and regained consciousness after CPR was performed for 13 minutes and a defibrillator delivered one shock.

https://www.cp24.com/sports/doctor-eriksen-was-gone-before-being-resuscitated-1.5468401

Denmark's team doctor said Sunday that Christian Eriksen's heart stopped and that “he was gone” before being resuscitated with a defibrillator at the European Championship.

Do you know the difference between a cardiac arrest and a heart attack?Though these terms are often used interchangeably...
04/15/2021

Do you know the difference between a cardiac arrest and a heart attack?

Though these terms are often used interchangeably on our favourite TV shows, they are two very different heart emergencies.

https://www.heartandstroke.ca/articles/heart-attack-or-cardiac-arrest

earn how a heart attack differs from cardiac arrest and heart failure, and why it’s important to know the difference.

Calling all cardiac arrest survivors, family members and lay rescuers: please join us for an exciting virtual event wher...
04/14/2021

Calling all cardiac arrest survivors, family members and lay rescuers: please join us for an exciting virtual event where you can share your story, ask questions of resuscitation experts and meet others like you!
Join us Tuesday May 4th at 630pm EST for:
Cardiac Arrest Conversations – Take 1 – a free Zoom event hosted by the Canadian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (CanROC https://canroc.org/). Register here today and invite your friends! Link for Registration: https://ubccpd.ca/course/canroc2021

Despite it being mandated by the province to provide CPR and AED training, only 56% of Ontario high schools reported doi...
04/13/2021

Despite it being mandated by the province to provide CPR and AED training, only 56% of Ontario high schools reported doing so, according to a new study by Unity Health Toronto researchers.

Though more research is needed to understand the barriers to implementation, our group is proud to be supporting and advocating for better and more effective CPR and AED training in schools.

Link below for the full study

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2589790X21000408

La formation en réanimation cardiorespiratoire (RCR) et défibrillateurs externes automatisés (DEA) est obligatoire dans le cadre du programme d’études…

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, you can take steps to protect yourself and help save a life.Every second counts durin...
03/04/2021

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, you can take steps to protect yourself and help save a life.

Every second counts during a suspected cardiac arrest. Hands-only CPR and use of an AED can increase a person's chance of survival by 75%, and it's safe to do so even during the COVID-19 pandemic with these simple steps. Learn more below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SowuUrlui-I

November is CPR Month and York Region Paramedics wants to encourage everyone to learn hands-only CPR so they can act to save life during a suspected cardiac ...

As we wrap up   2021 today, the importance of CPR and our work in raising awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest   continues...
02/28/2021

As we wrap up 2021 today, the importance of CPR and our work in raising awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest continues beyond the month of February.

Thank you to survivors, like Katrysha, for sharing their story and inspiring us to take care of our hearts while advocating for the importance of bystander and access

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-lbWsTn0hk&feature=emb_title

Katrysha tells her story of surviving Sudden Cardiac Arrest as a healthy 30 year old with no previous signs or symptoms.

Members of CARE helped to move   forward! We're so proud of our members!
10/22/2020

Members of CARE helped to move forward! We're so proud of our members!

Hon. Robin Martin, MPP, discusses the newly enacted “Bill 141 Defibrillator Registration and Public Access Act.” The bill creates an accessible registry of d...

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10/19/2020

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On Wednesday, September 23, the Ottawa Central Ambulance Communications Centre received two calls reporting that a female in her 20s had collapsed on the sidewalk in front of Chapel Hill Catholic School, located in the Innes Ward.
Two Molly Maid Canada employees witnessed the fall and without hesitation they came to her aid and immediately called 9-1-1. They were connected with Ambulance Communications Officer (ACO) Stefanie who, based on the information received during the call, identified that this person was in a life-threatening condition and required CPR. She remained on the phone with the caller who promptly initiated chest compressions until further help arrived. At the same time, a second call was received from someone who also witnessed the woman collapse and they were connected with ACO Chantale. Chantale identified that the nearby school would likely have a public access defibrillator (PAD) and instructed the caller to send someone to retrieve it, while simultaneously ensuring that chest compressions had been initiated.
A Canada Post employee who had stopped to help was sent to retrieve the PAD and instructions were given on how to use it. After properly applying the PAD, one shock was delivered to the patient. Patrol officers from the Ottawa Police Service - Service de police d'Ottawa Frontline Directorate, firefighters from Ottawa Fire Services’ Station 54, alongside two paramedic units from the Ottawa Paramedic Service, arrived on scene. Paramedics Martin, Sylvain and Daniel assumed patient care with the support of our allied agencies and continued chest compressions with the assistance of an automated chest compression machine (ACCM) and administered one additional defibrillator shock. A pulse was regained, and rapid transport was initiated to Hôpital Montfort, where patient care was transferred to the awaiting medical and nursing staff in serious condition.
The Montfort’s Emergency department team stabilized the patient before she was transferred to the ICU where her situation improved steadily, thanks to the great work of the intensive care team.
Over the next two weeks, the patient was kept under observation by cardiology specialists and underwent a recovery period.
Earlier this month, she was transferred to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute where she underwent a minor procedure by a team of highly trained specialists and was discharged the following day.
This event is just one more example of the true acts of heroism we see when members of our community come together to help one another. The individuals who came to this woman’s aid that day saved her life. Without their rapid recognition of a person in distress, call to 9-1-1 and initiation of CPR with assistance from an AED, we would not be able to report this good news story.
Our most sincere thanks to the bystanders involved, as well as our partners from Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Fire Service as well as to the employees of Molly Maid, Canada Post and Chapel Hill Catholic School
Patient care updates were received from Montfort Hospital and the University of Ottawa Heart Institute with consent from the patient.
Please note that Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) are terms referring to defibrillator devices available to the public. We encourage all members of the public to become trained in CPR/AED use as these are key factors in the Chain of Survival for Sudden Cardiac Arrest. In the event that you witness a medical emergency and are not trained in CPR or AED use, our Ambulance Communication Officers are trained to provide Over-the-Phone CPR instructions as well as help you locate and use the nearest AED/PAD. Visit www.ottawa.ca/CPR to learn more about First Aid and CPR courses offered through the City of Ottawa
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Le mercredi 23 septembre dernier, le centre intégré de répartition des ambulances (CIRA) d'Ottawa a reçu deux appels signalant qu'une femme âgée d'une vingtaine d'années venait de s’effondrer sur le trottoir en face de l'école catholique Chapel Hill, située dans le quartier Innes.
Deux employées de la compagnie Molly Maid ont été témoins de la chute et, sans hésitation, sont se immédiatement portés à son secours et ont composé le 9-1-1. Elles ont été mises en communication avec l'agent de communication des ambulances (ACA) Stefanie qui, se basant sur les informations obtenues lors de l'appel, a identifié que cette personne était dans un état très grave et aurait besoin de manoeuvres de réanimation cardio-respiratoire (RCR). Stefanie est restée au téléphone avec l'appelant qui a rapidement commencé des compressions thoraciques et poursuivi celles-ci jusqu'à l'arrivée des équipes d’urgence.
Un second appel a été simultanément reçu au CIRA de quelqu'un qui a également été témoin de l'effondrement de la femme. Cette personne a été mise en communication avec l'ACA Chantale. Chantale lui a rapidement indiqué que l'école devant laquelle elle se trouvait disposerait probablement d'un défibrillateur d’accès au public (DAP) et a demandé à l’appelante d'envoyer quelqu'un pour l’obtenir, tout en s'assurant que les compressions thoraciques étaient toujours effectuées.
Ayant été informé de ceci, un employé de Postes Canada qui s'était arrêté pour aider se dirigera immédiatement vers l’école afin de récupérer le DAP. Des instructions ont été données sur la façon de l'utiliser et, après avoir correctement appliqué l’appareil, un choc a été administré au patient.
Des agents de première ligne du Service de police d'Ottawa, des pompiers de la caserne 54 du Service des incendies d'Ottawa, ainsi que deux unités paramédicales du Service paramédic d'Ottawa, sont arrivés sur les lieux peu de temps après.
Les paramédics Martin, Sylvain et Daniel ont pris en charge le patient et, avec le soutien des intervenants des agences alliées, ont poursuivi les compressions thoraciques à l'aide d'un appareil de compression thoracique automatisé et ont administré un choc de défibrillation supplémentaire. Un retour de circulation spontanée a été noté (pouls rétabli) et un transport rapide vers l'hôpital Montfort s’ensuit. Une fois à destination, les soins ont été transférés au personnel médical et infirmier qui avait été préalablement alerté.
L'équipe du service des urgences de Montfort a stabilisé la patiente avant qu'elle ne soit transférée aux soins intensifs où sa situation s'est constamment améliorée, grâce à l'excellent travail des membres de cette équipe. Au cours des deux semaines suivantes, la patiente a été gardée en observation par des spécialistes en cardiologie et y passa une période de rétablissement. Plus tôt ce mois-ci, elle a été transférée à l'Institut de cardiologie de l'Université d'Ottawa où elle a subi une intervention mineure par une équipe de spécialistes hautement qualifiés. Elle a reçu son congé de l’hôpital la journée suivante.
Cet événement n'est qu'un exemple des véritables actes d'héroïsme que nous constatons lorsque les membres de notre communauté s’unissent pour s'entraider. Les personnes qui sont venues à l'aide de cette femme ce jour-là lui ont sauvé la vie. Sans leur reconnaissance rapide d’une personne en détresse, l'appel immédiat au 9-1-1 et l'initiation des manoeuvres de RCR (avec l'aide d'un DEA), nous ne serions pas en mesure de rapporter cette bonne nouvelle aujourd’hui.
Nos plus sincères remerciements aux passants concernés, à nos partenaires du Service de police d'Ottawa, du Service des incendies d'Ottawa ainsi qu’aux employés de Molly Maid, de Postes Canada et de l'école catholique de Chapel Hill.
Les informations de suivi ont été reçues de l'hôpital Montfort et de l'Institut de cardiologie de l'Université d'Ottawa avec le consentement de la patiente.
Veuillez noter que les termes défibrillateur externe automatisé (DEA) et défibrillateurs d'accès public (DAP) font référence à des appareils de défibrillation accessibles au public.
Nous encourageons tout le monde à suivre une formation de RCR et à l'utilisation des DEA, car ce sont des facteurs clés de la chaîne de survie en cas d'arrêt cardiaque soudain. Si vous êtes témoin d'une urgence médicale et que vous n'êtes pas formé à l'utilisation de la RCR ou du DEA, nos agents de communication des ambulances sont formés pour vous fournir des instructions de RCR par téléphone ainsi que pour vous aider à localiser et à utiliser le DEA/DAP le plus proche.
Visitez le site www.ottawa.ca/fr/RCR pour en savoir plus sur les cours de premiers soins et de RCR offerts par la Ville d'Ottawa

Photo credit: CBC Ottawa

We're excited to share some good news!! This morning,   passed its third reading in Parliament, and will now become law!...
05/26/2020

We're excited to share some good news!! This morning, passed its third reading in Parliament, and will now become law!! 🎉🎉🎉

Delighted that my private member's bill , the Defibrillator Registration and Public Access Act, passed third reading this morning and will now become law. This will save lives.

Thank you to CARE - Cardiac Arrest Response and Education and Heart & Stroke for your continued advocacy and support, and to all of my colleagues for working together in the house and at committee to make Bill 141 stronger.

Very excited to share that 5 members from CARE gave presentations at the public hearing for the Standing Committee on So...
02/27/2020

Very excited to share that 5 members from CARE gave presentations at the public hearing for the Standing Committee on Social Policy regarding on Monday! We're one step closer to seeing this bill become law! https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-141

Bill 141 from Parliament 42 Session 1 of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario: Defibrillator Registration and Public Access Act, 2020.

02/27/2020

The University of Toronto First Aid Society will be hosting a FREE surprise event on Friday, February 28th, 2020. The event will be held in the Medical Sciences Building Main Lobby, from 10:00am to 1:00pm. We hope to see you there!

Calling all Ontario principals and vice principals. We are surveying Ontario schools to find out about CPR and AED train...
01/29/2020

Calling all Ontario principals and vice principals. We are surveying Ontario schools to find out about CPR and AED training for staff and students. Click below for more information.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RGSFZ99

Calling all Ontario principals and vice principals. We are surveying Ontario schools to find out about CPR and AED train...
01/29/2020

Calling all Ontario principals and vice principals. We are surveying Ontario schools to find out about CPR and AED training for staff and students. Click below for more information.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RGSFZ99

Today we had the wonderful opportunity to spread our message at Queen's Park. We taught MPPs and their staff the importa...
12/10/2019

Today we had the wonderful opportunity to spread our message at Queen's Park. We taught MPPs and their staff the importance of CPR and AED training for kids in schools! Thank you to our amazing members for their support!

Hooray! Our petition now has over 3400 signatures - let's keep the momentum going and get to 5000!Ontario Ministry of Ed...
10/29/2019

Hooray! Our petition now has over 3400 signatures - let's keep the momentum going and get to 5000!

Ontario Ministry of Education: Mandatory CPR and AED Training in All Ontario Schools - Sign the Petition! http://chng.it/QVrBh7Kg

Mandatory CPR and AED Training in All Ontario Schools

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