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  • Writer's pictureSarah Nantel


As part of my requirements for work, I take an annual CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) course. Every Spring, I get a bit nervous when it comes time to take the course because I have not been a student for many years, and this course involves doing a skills and written test component. Eeek! So nerve wracking but I am also very happy to do the course, because I am able to review these important skills that perhaps one day may save someone.

What is CPR?

CPR is an emergency procedure that can restore blood flow when someone suffers from cardiac arrest (when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating). It can improve their chances of survival until Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrives.

Where to learn more about CPR?

The Heart and Stroke encourages people to learn CPR and how to use and AED with courses that are available in your community.

- Standard First Aid and CPR course (16 hours long)

- Heartsaver: CPR and AED training course (4 hours long)

To find a course in your area, call 211 or visit Inform Alberta.

Especially relevant for people around babies, the link below is for the Infant CPR Anytime Kit recommended by the Heart and Stroke foundation, that is a self-directed program to learn Infant CPR and relief of choking in 20 minutes. Parents, grandparents, and others who are around an infant can all learn together! Cost currently is $41+tax+shipping

There is also a FREE 60 min Infant CPR information Sessions available by Bump and Baby Matters. This class is for expectant and new parents with an infant 3 months of age or younger. A certified instructor will cover infant CPR, Airway Management techniques and choking for infants. Follow this link for their upcoming sessions in Calgary.

There is also a class is to teach how to do CPR for little ones age 0 to 3 years old, also offered by Bump and Baby Matters for $26.25.

By learning and being prepared, you could save a life!

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Photo Credit: Heima Photography

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