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Dozens Hamilton Catholic schools outfitted with AEDs

The Heart and Stroke Foundation, in partnership with Hamilton Paramedic Service and the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board (HWCDSB), celebrated the deployment of 58 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in Hamilton Catholic schools.

A CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training program for the students of Cathedral High School also accompanied the placement of the AEDs.

“The HWCDSB welcomes this opportunity to train hundreds of our students in the practice of CPR and the use of an AED,” said Patrick J. Daly, chairperson of the HWCDSB. “The safety of our students, staff, parents and visitors is paramount and we are very thankful for the support of Hamilton EMS and the Stroke Foundation for facilitating this event.”

Every year, more than 7,000 cardiac arrest occur in Ontario. The need to know CPR has never been more vital. An individual’s odds of surviving a cardiac arrest can increase up to 75 per cent when early CPR is administered in combination with an AED in the first few minutes.

For every minute that passes without help, a person’s chance of surviving a cardiac arrest drops by 7 to 10 per cent.

“We hope as many students as possible can attend this free CPR training clinic,” said Tony Filice, Hamilton Paramedic superintendent. “Statistics indicate, and I know from my own experience from the job, that CPR and AEDs can make the difference between life and death.

“The more people in our community with these life-saving skills, the more lives may be saved.”

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