Doc Talk #114 – First Aid / CPR



Dr Dan and Jamieson discussed CPR and first aid in this show.

Ww touched on first aid as part of the school curriculum, the chain of survival and gave listeners some simple tips on how to save a life, even if you have not had any formal first aid training.

Call 911, then push hard and fast in the middle of the chest: 2 steps to save someone’s life

There is a proposal in the UK to add first aid to the National Curriculum for schools. Norway (which does include first aid as part of school education) has much world-leading out of hospital cardiac arrest survival rates.

The Advanced Coronary Treatment Foundation (based in Ontario) has trained almost 4 million high school students.

The biggest mistake people make is they don’t start CPR early enough, or they don’t do it at all

Here is some additional basic information on CPR from MyHealthAlberta.

We also talked about an extraordinary recent clinical trial – the PARAMEDIC trial – in which the researchers looked epinephrine (adrenaline) versus placebo in the UK for cardiac arrest.

Want to learn more about first aid?

If you are interested in learning more about first aid, or perhaps even taking a formal first aid course in Vegreville, you can look at VegMin learning or this list of trainers.

More widely, the Canadian Red Cross and the Heart and Stroke Foundation offer first aid and CPR training across the country.


Preston Weigle, left, 13, practices performing chest compressions during CPR familiarization, while Crystle Siegel, 18, and Philip Siegel, 16, look on. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)