Nova Scotia / Prince Edward Island
During the span of this Heart Month, 5,760 people will die from heart disease in Canada. In order to combat this staggering statistic, St. John Ambulance encourages all Canadians to recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.
Early activation of first aid and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) dramatically improves the odds of survival for those experiencing a heart attack.
St John Ambulance offers an array of courses and products designed to help save lives in the event of a cardiac emergency.
Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, anywhere at any time. It is the most fatal cause of death in Canada and claims the lives of more than 23,000 Canadians each year.
What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest? Often confused with a Heart Attack, Sudden Cardiac Arrest occurs when heart function ceases abruptly and without warning. Symptoms include unconsciousness, no breathing, and a lack of pulse. What is Defibrillation? Defibrillation is a process in which an electronic device gives an electric shock to the heart. This helps reestablish normal contraction rhythms in a heart during cardiac arrest.
St. John Ambulance has been ensuring the health, safety and quality of life for Canadians for over 135 years. St. John Ambulance offers the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art first aid and CPR training programs.
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St. John Ambulance – the leader in CPR training
Making sure CPR training is available to as many individuals as possible is an important step in carrying out our mission. First aid training with St. John Ambulance covers CPR for adults, infants and children. Each year, more than 550,000 Canadians are certified by St. John Ambulance in first aid and CPR.
In 1883 Quebec City was the first Canadian branch to teach first aid courses and shortly thereafter courses were being offered in Kingston, Ontario. In the next 10 years, St. John Ambulance grew to be a national organization and by 1892 had 12 branches teaching first aid from coast-to-coast.
Today, in more than 300 communities across Canada more than 10,000 St. John Ambulance volunteers provide over one million hours of community service per year. The financial contribution of St. John volunteers could be calculated in hundreds of millions of dollars. The contribution to safety of Canadians is immeasurable.
St. John Ambulance offers classes at nearly 100 locations across Canada, as well as some online courses.