Bystanders roughly provide CPR in one of three cardiac incidents that happen in public places. If a person suffers a heart attack in Winnipeg, there are fewer chances that a bystander will try to save the victim before Emergency Medical Services arrive in the area.
Saving a life
Information that was posted on the website of the City of Winnipeg stated that bystanders tried providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation in people who suffered heart attacks outside of a hospital in the past years.
According to Andre Berard, who is the assistant chief of service quality for the Fire Paramedic Service of Winnipeg, bystanders provided CPR and first aid at least 373 times out of 1,214 outside of the hospital cardiac incidents in the past years.
Michelle Finney, a spokesman for the city, said that the level of bystander involvement is consistent with the number of heart attacks incidents compiled in the past years. She encourages more people from Winnipeg to be trained in CPR and make themselves aware of where to locate the nearest AED or automated external defibrillator in case there is an emergency in the area.
According to a charitable humanitarian organization in Canada, there were about 33,000 people living in Manitoba where provided training for first aid and also includes training in CPR in the past years. Jason Small, who is the humanitarian charitable organization manager for Manitoba was happy to know of the willingness of the people of Manitoba to be trained and respond during medical events.
The Community of Heroes events gave members of the public a chance to learn and how to provide CPR procedure during an emergency. Officials of the Fire Paramedic Services and Heart and Stroke Foundation of Winnipeg provided people of Winnipeg four hours of relay training. People of ages provide chest compressions on dummies. Everyone who took part in the training came away with a few life-saving skills.
Despite the obvious willingness of the people of Winnipeg in helping strangers, the Fire Paramedic Services of Winnipeg still advises people to call emergency numbers, if they suspect the person is a having a heart attack. Operators can provide instructions on how to provide CPR over the phone.
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