EHS Operations has converted a standard CPR training torso into one that is more anatomically inclusive.
A 2017 study showed that women are less likely to receive CPR from bystanders in public locations, increasing their risk of negative outcomes. The chances of survival for men was significantly higher than that of women, according to that study.
It’s for this reason that EHS Operations reached out to Pamela Stone, owner of Stone Sewn, to collaborate on the creation of a new “humanequin” to help get the general public used to performing CPR on everyone, regardless of body shapes, sizes, or chest types.
“If someone is in cardiac arrest, where they are unresponsive and not breathing, they need CPR, they need an automated external defibrillator (AED), and they need advanced medical attention, regardless of their gender identity or body type,” said Michael Janczyszyn, coordinator of the EHS AED Registry Program.
“Adding more body types to our refresher training sessions increases awareness and comfort with body diversity for the responders and better health equity for the potential patients. It is another tool in educating the public on the importance of the first three links in the Chain of Survival: recognition (calling 911), performing CPR, and obtaining and using an AED.
Heart disease is the number one killer of women worldwide and the leading cause of premature death in Canadian women. Increasing the bystander CPR and AED rate for women can improve those outcomes.
Effective early CPR and early defibrillation can save a life. Research shows that someone’s chance of survival increases dramatically with CPR and AED use within the first three to five minutes of a sudden cardiac arrest.
EHS Operations is encouraging Nova Scotians to learn about hands-only CPR, as well as how to use an AED, during national CPR Month this November.
For more information on the EHS AED Registry Program, visit https://savelivesns.ca.