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Learn CPR at home

Manitoba residents can purchase a CPR Anytime™ Kit by contacting the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Manitoba at (204) 949-2000 or toll-free 1-888-473-4636 or visit our office at 6 Donald Street in Winnipeg. The cost is only $40 (taxes included).

The CPR Anytime™ Family & Friends™ Personal Learning Program allows families, friends and the general public – those who most likely would never attend a traditional CPR course – to learn the core skills of CPR for adults and children in just 20 minutes using their own personal kit. The kit contains everything needed to learn basic CPR, and skills can be learned anywhere, from the comfort of a family home to a large community group setting.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency procedure involving chest compressions (pressing down on the chest) and artificial respiration (rescue breathing). It has the power to restore blood flow to someone experiencing cardiac arrest, keeping them alive until an ambulance arrives.

When a person stops breathing and the heart stops beating, the condition is called cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest may have a variety of causes – heart attack, drowning, stroke, electrocution, suffocation, drug overdose, motor vehicle or other injury. Almost 80% of cardiac arrests occur at home and are witnessed by a family member.

Who should buy a kit?
CPR Anytime™ Family & Friends™ is an excellent way for anyone to learn CPR. CPR Anytime™ Family & Friends™ may be right for you if you are:

  • A family member of patients at high risk for cardiac arrest
  • A senior, especially those with family members with heart disease
  • A parent with young children (not infants)
  • Someone who participates in demanding sports such as recreational hockey, basketball and soccer
  • An organization that wants to coordinate a training event for your staff

What does the kit contain?
Each CPR Anytime™ Family & Friends™ kit provides:

  • A personal, inflatable CPR mannequin – “Mini Anne™”
  • CPR Anytime™ Skills Practice DVD
  • CPR for Family & Friends™ booklet
  • Accessories for the program

How much does the kit cost?
CPR Anytime™ Family & Friends™ kit costs $40 (taxes included).

Manitoba residents can purchase a CPR Anytime™ Kit, by contacting the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba at (204) 949-2000 or toll-free 1-888-473-4636 or visit our Winnipeg office at 6 Donald Street.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada’s CPR Anytime™ personal learning program currently includes CPR Anytime™ Family & Friends™. An English-only kit is available now, and a bilingual (French and English) kit will be available in the winter of 2008. This kit does not provide certification in CPR.

In the future, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada will also be releasing Infant CPR Anytime™, which will teach skills specifically for performing CPR on infants and Heartsaver AED Anytime™, a credentialed program that can be used in workplaces for employees who need advanced CPR skills as part of their job.

Facts about cardiac arrest
Did you know...

  • Between 35,000 and 45,000 people die of cardiac arrest in Canada every year
  • Overall, the rates of survival from cardiac arrest are almost four times greater with CPR
  • In some parts of Canada, the number of bystanders who know how to perform CPR rates is very low. Edmonton has among the highest rates at 46%
  • 35% to 55% of cardiac arrests are witnessed, by a bystander — usually a family member or friend
  • Less than 5% of people who experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital survive, largely because CPR is not performed at all or not started soon enough
  • Cardiac arrest survival rates increase when bystanders follow the first three links in the Chain of Survival:
    • phoning 9-1-1 or your local emergency number
    • performing CPR right away
    • providing defibrillation as soon as possible
  • CPR helps maintain vital blood flow to the heart and brain and increases the amount of time that an electric shock from a defibrillator can be effective.
  • Death from sudden cardiac arrest is not inevitable. If more people knew CPR, more people would reach the hospital alive and more lives could be saved
  • Brain death starts to occur four to six minutes after someone experiences cardiac arrest if no CPR and defibrillation occur during that time
  • If bystander CPR is not provided, a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival fall 7% to 10% for every minute that passes without CPR
  • Defibrillation using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) must be performed within minutes of a cardiac arrest. An AED is less likely to return the heart to a normal rhythm if CPR has not been performed prior to applying the AED. Few attempts at resuscitation are successful if CPR and defibrillation are not provided within minutes of collapse.

CPR Anytime™ Family & Friends™ was developed by the American Heart Association in collaboration with Laerdal Medical.

©2007 Laerdal Medical and the American Heart Association.

TM Mini Anne is a trademark of Laerdal Medical.

TM Family & Friends and CPR Anytime are trade-marks of the American Heart Association.