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Thursday, October 27, 2011

And that's not assuming that there is an AED nearby!

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 12:33 PM By Jeff Henson Grande Prairie Research shows that someone suffering from cardiac arrest is four times more likely to survive if a bystander performs CPR before emergency crews arrive. However, the same stats show it is not performed in 85 percent of cases. STARS spokesperson Cam Heke says their organization is encouraging everyone to learn the procedure. "Affective CPR should be hard and fast, and obviously the better you perform it, the better the possible chance of surviving cardiac arrest as well as the long term outcome for that patient. So we are really encouraging the public to go and take a course." Heke adds you should also encourage your neighbours to learn CPR. He says the more people that know how to do CPR or how to use an automated external defibrilator betters your chances of surviving a medical emergency.