Edmonton woman recognized for performing CPR on father

An Edmonton woman who performed CPR on her father recognized. She delivered the life-saving procedure for 20 minutes which saved the life of her father.

Saving a loved one

Maslyn Dansereau was studying in her Leduc County home when she heard a loud “thunk” from where her father was exercising. The 20-year ran into the basement where she found her father facing down on the floor, without a pulse.

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Early bystander CPR is the critical link in the chain of survival because the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest drops significantly for every minute that passes with no activity.

The MacEwan University student had her mother call 911 while she delivered CPR. She continued with the resuscitation until the arrival of the paramedics who utilized an automated external defibrillator (AED) to restart her father’s heart.

Dansereau’s father, Martin was transported to the University of Alberta Hospital where he underwent surgery. Martin spent time in the critical care unit of the hospital and has since made a full recovery.

As part of her schooling for psychiatric nursing, Dansereau had taken CPR courses but had never performed it on a person before.

Timely CPR can save a life

Around 7-10% of Canadians survive cardiac arrest outside of a healthcare setting. Early bystander CPR is the critical link in the chain of survival because the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest drops significantly for every minute that passes with no activity.

It is important to learn how to perform CPR, know where an AED is and how to use it to save a life.

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LEARN MORE

Learn how to help by enrolling in a CPR and AED course and for more information, check out these sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiac_arrest

https://www.webmd.com/first-aid/cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-cpr-treatment

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automated_external_defibrillator

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