Date(s) - November 17, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Scott Kline, PhD, MA, BA
Associate Professor, St. Jerome’s University – University of Waterloo
Visiting Professor of Ethics, St. Mark’s College, UBC and Providence Health Care
Neighbours Saving Neighbours: Piloting a rapid community response to out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in rural Ontario
Each year, more than 35,000 people suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in Canada. Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation are vital links in the chain of survival for OHCA. Research has shown that for every minute a cardiac arrest victim is without CPR, their chances of survival decrease by 10%. Immediate CPR and defibrillation can quadruple the chances of survival for victims of OHCA. To promote bystander CPR (CPR provided by anyone near to the victim), Canada has invested substantial resources into dispatcher-assisted CPR (DACPR) and CPR education programs for laypersons across the country. As a result, the rate of both bystander CPR and survival from OHCA has increased in the last two decades. A next step in improving survival rates, by further reducing the time from cardiac arrest to CPR, could be the implementation of a coordinated, community-based volunteer program that dispatches community rescuers to the scene of an OHCA to provide immediate high-quality CPR and defibrillation.
In this presentation, Dr. Kline introduces “Neighbours Saving Neighbours,” a community first response to OHCA program that is in the pilot stages in various locations in Ontario, including Frontenac County (Kingston) and Perth County (Stratford). This presentation focuses on the Perth County pilot, which is in its early stages. Among the issues facing this pilot include dispatch coordination, identifying community leadership champions, volunteer recruitment, training volunteers, and procuring and deploying AEDs.
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