New changes to the provision of Basic Cardiac Life Support

As indicated in the news, new changes are being introduced to the provision of basic cardiac life support.  More encouragement to provide just compressions to recent collapsed victims will occur.  The BC Ambulance Service prompt witnesses of cardiac arrests to just compress 600 times non-stop after it is confirmed that the patient appears to be in arrest.  While it has … Read More

Researchers Tap Inner Fat to Predict Heart Attack Risk

In a study published this week in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, researchers from Quebec City’s Laval University are reporting that a large waistline and high triglycerides — a type of blood fat — substantially increase the risk of coronary artery disease in both men and women Read more:

Study: Pauses between CPR and defibrillation can be deadly

Do not pause between CPR and providing defibrillation because doing so can be deadly. That is the key message to be taken from a new Canadian study that shows for every five-second delay between pumping the heart manually and shocking it back into action, a patient’s chances of surviving cardiac arrest plummet by almost 18 per cent. ANDRÉ PICARD – … Read More

New drone that delivers AED right to patient.

By entering this link, view the newest invention that uses a drone to carry an AED right to the site of a person in cardiac arrest. This is much faster than a ground based ambulance. While BC uses helicopters carrying critical care paramedics, they cannot provide quick initial defibrillation with an AED in dense urban locations.   [embedyt][/embedyt]

Another Success Story

By Wanda Chow – Burnaby NewsLeader Published: May 21, 2013 12:00 PM Updated: May 21, 2013 1:56 PM Cariboo Heights resident Paddy Sullivan had just done some gardening at his family’s church with his nine-year-old son and they were headed home. It was a typical summer day, July 13, 2012, and the pair were cycling up the hill on Cariboo Road and just … Read More