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 3,194 sudden cardiac arrests in 2014/2015. 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.
Over the last ten years, BCEHS staff members have volunteered with the ACT Foundation to help train 325,000 BC students in 226 public secondary schools across the province.