Since 2005, BCEHS has been working with the ACT Foundation to bring CPR and defibrillator education to secondary schools throughout the province.
The ACT Foundation is the national charitable organization that is dedicated to ensuring Canadian high school students graduate with life-saving skills. The program is built on ACT’s community-based model of partnerships and support. ACT raises funds for mannequins and resources and guides schools in program set-up. BCEHS staff members volunteer their time and expertise to help teach teachers how to most effectively train their students in CPR and defibrillator usage.
BCEHS responded to 5,134 sudden cardiac arrests in 2016. Without immediate help, a victim of sudden cardiac arrest will suffer brain damage within three minutes. After 12 minutes, survival is unlikely. Evidence shows that when CPR and AEDs are used together in the first few minutes during a sudden cardiac arrest, survival rates can be doubled.
Since 2005, more than 415,000 BC youth and 1,300 teachers in 236 public secondary schools have received life-saving training.