CPR HAS CHANGED, it’s now even easier

(Prince George, November 7, 2006) ? It is now easier to perform CPR and potentially save a life! Following new international CPR guidelines, and in time for November is CPR month, the Canadian Red Cross has introduced its newly revised CPR and First Aid program making it easier to learn and perform CPR.

In most Canadian cities, the average ambulance response time is more than eight minutes; meanwhile, permanent brain damage can occur four to six minutes after breathing stops.*

?Red Cross CPR training teaches people how to respond quickly and effectively in an emergency situation. In fact, performing effective CPR on an unconscious non-breathing patient can triple a person?s chance of survival,? says Becky Row, First Aid & Water Safety Program Representative.

Emergency services workers and first responders have seen the difference first aid and CPR training can make. ?Knowing what to do in those critical minutes can save a life. Knowing how to help a victim of cardiac arrest can make the difference between full recovery and permanent disability or even death,? Row explains.

The Canadian Red Cross wants to ensure that Northern BC residents learn how to better respond to emergencies using the new life-saving CPR methods. Learn more about the new CPR guidelines and test your knowledge for a chance to win a Family First Aid Kit at www.redcross.ca/firstaid .

If you have never been trained in first aid or CPR, now is the time to learn how to save a life. If you have received CPR training, take a refresher course and learn how recent research has made it even easier to learn, retain and perform CPR.

For information on First Aid, CPR or Automated External Defibrillation (AED) courses visit www.redcross.ca/firstaid , or call 1-877-356-3226.