ACT High School CPR Program Responds to Call for Citizen CPR Training

ACT High School CPR Program Responds to Call for Citizen CPR Training

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, 10/08/03

October 8, 2003: — The ACT High School CPR Program received a tremendous boost with the results of a large-scale study highlighting the importance and need for more citizens trained in CPR. The study, published in the October 7th, 2003 edition of Circulation: Journal of American Heart Association, reports the rate of cardiac arrest victims who receive citizen CPR is as low as 14% in many North American communities. The study also calls for local and national initiatives that “should vigorously promote the practice of bystander CPR.”

This study underscores the Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation of Canada’s goal to see every Canadian trained in CPR through its national high school CPR campaign.

“You can have the best emergency medical service system in the world, but without a strong citizen CPR presence in the community, many needless deaths will still occur,” says Sandra Clarke, Executive Director of the ACT Foundation.

Since launching the ACT High School CPR Program in 1994, 500,000 Canadian youth have been empowered with the skills and knowledge to save a life. Through the program, students are prepared to help a parent or grandparent should they experience a heart attack, a brother, sister or child they are babysitting should they choke, or a friend involved in a drowning emergency.

The ACT Foundation is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to establishing CPR as required learning in every Canadian high school. ACT works in partnership with health professionals, service clubs, government and the community to help school boards establish the program. ACT raises funds for CPR mannequins, teacher training and resources needed by schools. The ACT High School CPR Program already exists in over 500 high schools in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nunavut. ACT’s corporate health partners are committed to ACT’s cross-Canada expansion of the program. They are companies in the research-intensive pharmaceutical industry: AstraZeneca, Aventis Pharma, and Pfizer Canada.

650 Brandon High School Students to be Empowered to Save Lives

650 Brandon High School Students to be Empowered to Save Lives

BRANDON, MANITOBA, 14/05/03

Wednesday, May 14th, 2003 at 9:00 a.m — David C. Wilson Theatre, Vincent Massey High School, 715 McDiarmid Drive, Brandon: Today, the ACT Foundation and community partners launch the ACT High School CPR Program in Brandon. This initiative will result in all 650 Grade 10 students from Brandon School Division’s three high schools being empowered to save lives with CPR training. The four-hour CPR course will be taught to all Grade 10 students by their physical education teachers every year.

Community partnership is key to the success of the ACT High School CPR Program. In order to equip schools with the mannequins and teacher training required to deliver the CPR program to students, ACT has brought on board Kiwanis Club of Brandon. St. John Ambulance, as the teacher training partner, trains the high school teachers as CPR instructors for the program. The Brandon Sun donates the printing of the student manuals.

“For more than 80 years the Kiwanis Club of Brandon has sponsored and supported many projects for the benefit of the people of our community,” says Dr. Austin Gulliver, President of the Brandon Kiwanis Club. “We are very pleased with this opportunity to be involved with the ACT Foundation and other partners in launching the ACT High School CPR Program. This program will provide high school students with the training required to save lives now and as they continue to serve their roles as citizens of our community.”

Through the ACT High School CPR Program, students will be prepared to respond in an emergency and provide lifesaving care until paramedics arrive. They will be armed with the skills and knowledge to help a parent or grandparent should they experience a heart attack, a brother, sister or child they are babysitting should they choke, or a friend involved in a drowning emergency.

“This program is extremely popular among youth,” says Sandra Clarke, Executive Director of the ACT Foundation. “The hands-on CPR skill component gets their attention and also offers a ‘teachable moment’ for risk factor education and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.”

Schools embrace the program with enthusiasm. “Our school division is very proud and grateful to be in a significant community-enhancing partnership with the ACT High School CPR Program and the Kiwanis Club of Brandon,” says Dr. Donna M. Michaels, Superintendent of Schools and CEO of the Brandon School Division. “Students in our high schools have an excellent learning opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required in addressing real-life emergencies. This learning is deepened with an understanding that being able to give someone the gift of life through prompt CPR is a contribution to humanity beyond measure. We are solidly committed to the values of public education and as such understand what a significant aspect of individual and communal understanding is provided through this partnership. Similarly we are proud to be the first school division in Manitoba to celebrate this superb partnership.”

The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to establishing CPR as required learning in every Canadian high school. ACT works in partnership with health professionals, service clubs, government and the community to help school boards establish the program. ACT raises funds for CPR mannequins and resources needed by schools. The ACT High School CPR Program already exists in 500 high schools in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Nunavut. ACT’s corporate health partners are committed to ACT’s cross-Canada expansion of the program. They are companies in the research-based pharmaceutical industry: AstraZeneca, Aventis Pharma and Pfizer Canada.

1,850 Winnipeg High School Students to be Empowered to Save Lives

1,850 Winnipeg High School Students to be Empowered to Save Lives

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, 13/05/03

Tuesday, May 13th, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. — Rotunda, Manitoba Legislative Building, 450 Broadway, Winnipeg: Today, the ACT Foundation and community partners launch the ACT High School CPR Program in Winnipeg. This initiative will result in 1,850 Grade 10 students from 8 high schools from the St. James School Division and River East Transcona School Division being empowered to save lives with CPR training. The four-hour CPR course will be taught to all Grade 10 students by their physical education teachers every year.

Community partnership is key to the success of the ACT High School CPR Program. ACT has brought together the Kiwanis Club of East Kildonan and the Kiwanis Club of St. James in order to equip schools with the mannequins and teacher training required to deliver the CPR program to students. St. John Ambulance, as the teacher training partner, trains the high school teachers as CPR instructors for the program. The Winnipeg Free Press donates the printing of the student manuals.

“The Kiwanis Club of East Kildonan is excited to be involved with ACT in the High School CPR Program. This is such a win-win project. Our Kiwanis club provides the funds, the River East Transcona School Division provides the teachers and the students learn the life skill of being able to save a life,” adds Lawrie McCaffrey, President of the Kiwanis Club of East Kildonan. “As a service club we are always looking for good programs to support the community. ACT’s high school CPR program is an excellent fit since it especially focuses on youth, which is a priority to our club. We feel that the CPR program is one of the finest projects we have supported.”

Peter Kilcollins, President of the Kiwanis Club of St. James, adds, “For over 50 years the Kiwanis Club of St. James has worked very closely with the schools in our area. It is a great opportunity to be able to contribute to such a worthwhile program that will benefit the students as well as the community.”

Paramedics in Winnipeg respond and provide treatment to over 500 cardiac arrests each year. Through the ACT High School CPR Program, students will be prepared to respond in an emergency and provide lifesaving care until paramedics arrive. They will be armed with the skills and knowledge to help a parent or grandparent should they experience a heart attack, a brother, sister or child they are babysitting should they choke, or a friend involved in a drowning emergency.

“This program is extremely popular among youth,” says Sandra Clarke, Executive Director of the ACT Foundation. “The hands-on CPR skill component gets their attention and also offers a ‘teachable moment’ for risk factor education and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.”

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, a valuable partner in this initiative, is providing medical direction for the program. “When dealing with emergency medical responses, it is readily apparent that the earlier the problem is addressed, the better the chances of survival,” says Dr. Linda Nugent, Medical Director. “That is why the Fire Paramedic Service firmly believes in and supports any program that places lifesaving skills in the hands of trained and capable people. Students who participate in the CPR program are committing to providing medical help to those in urgent need, and are also assisting paramedics and firefighters with their emergency medical responses.”

Schools embrace the program with enthusiasm. “Schooling today is very rich and goes beyond the four walls of the classroom, and partnerships have become a necessity in order for the entire community to grow and prosper now and into the future,” says John Carlyle, Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer for the River East Transcona School Division. “It is a pleasure to have worked with many others to bring the ACT High School CPR Program into the River East Transcona high schools where, in conjunction with our physical education/health education curriculum, we are enabling our young adults to become proficient at a life skill that is rooted in a love and respect for others.”

Dorothy Y. Young Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools for the St. James-Assiniboia School Division says, “We are pleased to be part of this partnership. It is difficult for one partner to accomplish this alone. What students learn from this in the new physical education and health curriculum will help them develop skills for life. Our teachers are to be commended for their efforts in promoting healthy lifestyles and training the students in these lifesaving skills.”

The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to establishing CPR as required learning in every Canadian high school. ACT works in partnership with health professionals, service clubs, government and the community to help school boards establish the program. ACT raises funds for CPR mannequins and resources needed by schools. The ACT High School CPR Program already exists in 500 high schools in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba Ontario, Quebec and Nunavut. ACT’s corporate health partners are committed to ACT’s cross-Canada expansion of the program. They are companies in the research-based pharmaceutical industry: AstraZeneca, Aventis Pharma and Pfizer Canada.

Iqaluit High School Students to be Empowered to Save Lives

Iqaluit High School Students to be Empowered to Save Lives

IQALUIT, 10/04/03

Iqaluit – Thursday, April 10th, 2003 at 3:00 p.m., Inuksuk High School — Today, the ACT Foundation and community partners launch the ACT High School CPR Program in Iqaluit. This initiative will result in all Grade 10 students from Inuksuk High School being empowered to save lives with CPR training and first aid skills. The CPR course will be taught to one hundred Grade 10 students by their physical education teacher every year.

“This is an excellent opportunity for students to learn additional, possibly life saving skills. Training such as this can spark interest in other areas as well as helping to develop greater self esteem and confidence,” says Manitok Thompson, Minister of Education for the Government of Nunavut.

Community partnership is key to the success of the ACT High School CPR Program. In order to launch this lifesaving program in Iqaluit, the Tahera Corporation is donating a class set of 25 mannequins to Inuksuk High School and is sponsoring the teacher training, which is being provided by St. John Ambulance. Printing of the Student Manuals is being donated by Ayaya Marketing and Communications. First Air and the Frobisher Inn are also providing program support.

“I am happy to take part in bringing together all the parties for this course to happen in Iqaluit and I look forward to the ACT High School CPR Program being taught across Nunavut,” says Nancy Karetak-Lindell, Member of Parliament for Nunavut. “This is a great course and I thank the students for taking the time to learn these lifesaving skills. I also want to thank the generous sponsors who understood the importance of this course and made it possible.”

Through the ACT High School CPR Program, students will be prepared to help a parent or grandparent should they experience a heart attack, a brother, sister or child they are babysitting should they choke, or a friend involved in a drowning emergency. They will also learn some basic first aid skills for injuries.

“What a great initiative. I am especially pleased to see this is a long-term program and not just a one-time occurrence,” says Dr. Muirhead, a physician at the Baffin Regional Hospital. Beyond the obvious benefits of this program, it will broaden the students’ horizons and, for some, it will stimulate their interest in health care as a career choice.”

Inuksuk High School is eager to begin the program.

“We are delighted to be a partner in this program,” says Greg Taaffe, vice principal at Baffin Regional Hospital. “We will be offering it through Physical Education 10, which is compulsory for graduation. Therefore, every student will have the opportunity to be trained in CPR and First Aid. We would like to thank the ACT Foundation and its partners for making this happen.”

The ACT Foundation is thrilled to be launching the ACT High School CPR Program in Iqaluit, the first of its kind in Nunavut.

“We are very excited about the enthusiastic response of all local partners in this program. The school has embraced the program and our community partners came forth without hesitation to donate the necessary resources,” says Sandra Clarke, Executive Director of the ACT Foundation. “The ACT Foundation looks forward to bringing this lifesaving initiative to other communities throughout Nunavut with the support of community partners.”

The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to establishing CPR as required learning in every Canadian high school. ACT works in partnership with health professionals, service clubs, government and the community to help school boards establish the program. ACT raises funds for CPR mannequins and resources needed by schools. The ACT High School CPR Program already exists in 500 high schools in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec. ACT’s corporate health partners are committed to ACT’s cross-Canada expansion of this lifesaving program. They are companies in the research-based pharmaceutical industry: AstraZeneca, Aventis Pharma, Pfizer Canada and Pharmacia Canada.