Teen saves twin brother with CPR

On a spring day, Kyle, 15, was getting ready for school at home in Moncton, when he and his mom heard a loud noise coming from the bathroom. Kyle and his mother, rushed to the bathroom where they found Kyle’s twin brother, Kolten, collapsed on the floor unconscious and not breathing.

After calling 911, Kyle quickly started the compressions on his brother while his mother remained on the phone with the dispatcher. He continued CPR until the arrival of the paramedics. Kolten was then treated and transported by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to a hospital where he regained consciousness after several days.

Kyle learned CPR at his high school during a physical education class offered by his high teacher, Craig Eagles. “When I found out Kyle saved his brother, I was amazed. I’ve been teaching for 16 years, but CPR is the most rewarding thing I ever taught. It gives you the skills to save a life,” says Kyle’s teacher Craig.

“The Department of Medicine at the Moncton hospital sponsored four local high schools to initiate the ACT program. Amazingly in the first year a 15 year old student, Kyle, used his newly taught CPR skills to save his twin brother,” says Dr. Mary MacSween. “This powerful story was instrumental in convincing the entire physician staff of the hospital to fund an expansion of the initiative to neighbouring rural high schools. Our community is clearly safer due to this remarkable program and we are grateful for the wonderful support of the ACT team in implementing this valuable life skill in our students,” she adds.

The ACT High School CPR & AED program was set up in Moncton High School in Moncton, New Brunswick thanks to the Moncton Hospital Medical Staff Association, New Brunswick EMS and ACT’s national heath partners, AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada and Sanofi Canada.

The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation is an award-winning, national charitable organization dedicated to establishing CPR and AED training programs in high schools across Canada. ACT raises funds to donate mannequins and teacher training to schools, and guides schools in program set-up and long-term sustainability. Over 3.2 million youth have been trained in CPR by their teachers through this lifesaving program to date.

Fredericton teen saves father from choking

On a wintry January day in Fredericton, N.B., Paul, Bev and their son Ryan were returning home after attending the Mike Fitz Memorial basketball games at the Currie Centre. To cap off a fun-filled day, the family ordered a take-out pizza and sat down together at home to enjoy their meal – along with some hot pickled peppers on the side.

“I enjoy a hot pepper now and then,” explains Paul. “I took a bite, and the juice and seeds just went down my throat… and it startled me so I gasped. Right away, I knew I was choking.”

Ryan had just completed the ACT High School CPR and Defibrillator Program – he knew what he had to do.

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“He didn’t need any prompting from me,” says Bev. “He asked Paul if he was choking, told me to call 9-1-1 and started those thrusts.” Ryan administered three or four abdominal thrusts until Paul gasped for air, then ensured the obstruction had fully cleared itself.

“With the rush going through me, it wasn’t that hard at all,” says Ryan, when asked if he had any difficulty performing the obstructed airway maneuver. “I had just learned it a couple of weeks before.”

“When a son comes home from school and uses his training to help me in a time of distress… He’s 14, that’s something now that he has done,” continues Paul. “It’s something of a life-skill that he’s proven that he can perform. He’s trained — and it’s made a difference.”

Paul is appreciative of the teachers at Leo Hayes High School. “I appreciate their efforts to teach CPR, and to let kids know that some day they might use it.”

In fact, Ryan was among the first wave of students in the Atlantic Provinces to have received training through the ACT High School CPR and Defibrillator Program. It was set up at Leo Hayes High School in 2012, thanks to the generous community-level support that enabled the donation of mannequins, teacher training and curriculum resources. The lead community partner in Fredericton is the Fredericton Community Foundation.

ACT’s national health partners supporting the program in Fredericton and throughout Canada are: AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada and Sanofi. They provide ACT’s sustaining funding and are committed to the Foundation’s national goal of promoting health and empowering Canadians to save lives.

The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation is an award-winning, national charitable organization dedicated to establishing CPR and AED training in high schools across Canada. ACT raises funds to donate mannequins and teacher training to schools, and guides schools in program set-up and long-term sustainability. Over 2.6 million youth have been trained in CPR by their teachers through this lifesaving program to date.

800 High School Students in Moncton and Riverview Communities to Receive Lifesaving Training Each Year!

The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation and its supporting partners are pleased to announce the official launch of the ACT High School CPR and Defibrillator Training Program in the following Moncton and Riverview area high schools: École l’Odyssée, Harrison Trimble High School, Moncton High School, Riverview High School.

MONCTON, NB – June 3, 2013 – Today, the Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation and its supporting partners are pleased to announce the official launch of the ACT High School CPR and Defibrillator Training Program in the following Moncton and Riverview area high schools: École l’Odyssée, Harrison Trimble High School, Moncton High School, Riverview High School.

This important initiative will be highlighted with a media event that will take place today, June 3, at 10:30 a.m. at Moncton High School (207 Church Street, Moncton, NB, E1C 5A3).

Each year, more than 800 students from four high schools in the Anglophone East School District and District scolaire francophone Sud will be empowered to save lives through the ACT High School CPR and Defibrillator Training Program.

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is establishing CPR and defibrillator training programs in high schools throughout Canada. The program is built on ACT’s award-winning community-based model of partnerships and support. ACT raises funds for training mannequins and defibrillator training units for all high schools and guides schools in program set-up.

Through their Internal Medicine Educational Fund, Moncton Hospital has generously donated 16 Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training units and 120 training mannequins. As the catalyst for bringing the program to the Moncton and Riverview area, Dr. Mary Catherine MacSween says, “My colleagues and I in the Department of Internal Medicine see every day the toll that cardiac disease takes on our patients. We have also seen the tremendous benefit of bystander response in cardiac emergencies. New Brunswick has an excellent supply of automatic defibrillators in public places. It only makes sense that simple, effective, lifesaving interventions of CPR and – where available – the use of an AED become an essential part of a high school education.”

Teacher training is provided to schools by the New Brunswick Emergency Medical Services (NB EMS). “Knowing how to perform CPR during those first few minutes until paramedics arrive at the scene can make all the difference. We are so pleased to partner with the ACT Foundation to train the trainers – to teach those teachers who will go on to instruct our students on how to save a life,” says Edgar Goulette, Director of Support Services, Quality and Training for NB EMS.

The ACT Foundation’s national health partners – AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada and Sanofi – are committed to bringing the program to high schools in New Brunswick and across Canada.

“We are thrilled with the support of ACT’s partners. Without them, this lifesaving program would not be possible,” says ACT Foundation Executive Director Sandra Clarke.

Four in five out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur at home or in public places. Early CPR, combined with the use of an AED within the first few minutes, can improve survival rates for cardiac arrest victims by up to 75 per cent, according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

To date, the ACT Foundation has set up the High School CPR Program in more than 1,600 schools nation-wide, empowering more than 1.8 million youth to save lives.

About the ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is establishing CPR and defibrillator training programs in Canadian high schools. To date, the ACT Foundation has set up the ACT High School CPR Program in more than 1,600 schools nation-wide, empowering more than 1.8 million youth to save lives. The program is built on ACT’s award-winning community-based model of partnerships and support. ACT’s health partners who are committed to bringing the program to high schools across Canada include AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada, and Sanofi.

New Brunswick Update

The ACT Foundation established the High School CPR and Defibrillator Program in Fredericton in 2011. 1,000 students are to be trained by their teachers every year.