Dr. MJ Bazos MD,
FIRST AID –
1. A human heart will cease beating within
four minutes after breathing stops.
Permanent brain damage can occur within four to six minutes after breathing
3. The survival rates of
individuals suffering cardiac arrest decrease by approximately 7 to 10% every
minute that defibrillation is delayed.
The use of an Automated External Defibrillator can save the lives of 30% or more
of those who suffer cardiac arrest. When defibrillation is delayed, survival
rates decrease to approximately 50% at 5 minutes. The earlier defibrillation
occurs, the better the prognosis.
than a third of Canadian deaths each year are attributed to coronary disease,
which makes it the leading cause of death in Canada.
6. In most Canadian cities, the average
ambulance response time is eight to twelve minutes.
7. Injuries are the leading cause of
death for Canadians between the ages of 1 and 44, and kill more children under
the age of 19 than all other causes of death combined.
8. Each year there are over 2 million
Canadians injured un-intentionally. This translates into the statistic of 6,000
unintentional injuries per day or 250 per hour of each day.
9. Research shows that, on average, every
injury in Canada costs $4,000 in direct and indirect costs.
10. For an injured victim, immediate
first aid can make the difference between complete recovery and permanent
11. Each year, injuries leave
47,000 Canadians either partially or totally disabled.
12. Research shows that Canadians who
have first aid training can reduce their own personal injuries by as much as
13. Research also shows that 90% of
injuries are predictable and preventable.
14.The Canadian Red Cross and other well
recognized training agencies train Canadians in first aid and CPR across the
country, enabling them to prevent injuries, and think, recognize and react
appropriately in emergency situations.