Students can Save Lives

Created on December 10, 2016 by save-a-life.


I want Ontario to spend an undetermined amount to fund a pilot about training Ontario high school students to save lives in order to help students achieve their full potential.

Use community service hours to teach life saving skills to high school students

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Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in Canada. People who experience an arrest have a 2 to 3 times greater chance of survival if they receive CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and/or the application of an AED (automated external defibrillator ) within minutes of the event: and the sooner the better. It can often take five minutes or longer depending on location once 911 is called for first responders to arrive. For every minute after a cardiac arrest that a person goes without CPR or defibrillation, they lose 10% of their chance of survival. So, if they go untreated for 6 minutes, they only begin with a 40% chance of survival once help arrives. The majority of Ontarians have not had CPR training and, although many public places in Ontario have AEDs on the premises, there is not always someone nearby trained to use them in a crisis.
Imagine the tragedies that could be averted, and calculate the savings to our province from decreased health care costs and lost earnings if a greater percentage of our adult population were trained to know what to do when someone near them has a cardiac arrest - if they knew CPR and how to use an AED.
For many years Ontario high school students have had to complete 40 hours of community service in order to graduate. I propose that the Ontario Government make it mandatory that just 5 to 10 of those hours be spent learning CPR and the proper use of an AED. Just think of how many lives could be saved in future. There could come a time when, as you walk down a street in any town in Ontario, there will be someone within feet of you who could save your life. I also propose that instruction should include teaching the Heimlich maneuver which can save someone who is choking, and basic first aid such as how to stop bleeding.
The cost of this program would not be great because the infrastructure for it is already in place. There is no need to reinvent the wheel. The ACT foundation, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, St. John’s Ambulance, and many regional paramedic services currently offer CPR/AED training to teachers and students. In fact, they train school teachers on how to teach their students these life saving skills. The only limiting factor is that Ontario students are not required to learn these skills before they graduate.
The ACT foundation has documented that students trained in CPR have saved lives. Giving students life saving skills promotes a sense of pride and feelings of empowerment. I know, as a person who has studied and worked in Health Promotion with youth, that these attributes can in turn contribute to the development of a young person’s psycho-social skills and their maturation into adults. Using some of Ontario students’ hours of community service to learn to save lives means that their community service doesn’t have to end when they graduate from high school. In the years to come, they might just save your life or the life of someone you love. That is indeed community service.

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Project ID: 2765

Use community service hours to teach life saving skills to high school students

This idea has been selected for voting.

The Government of Ontario will determine how projects are implemented; which may not be as described in the original submission. We are not, by posting a submission for public voting, endorsing any organization, technology, location or other content in the original submission, and we may or may not implement the project or use the organization, technology or location referenced in the original submission when implementing the project.

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