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RESEARCH-BASED ACTION

At Hearts of BC, we are actively fueling change for better health outcomes.

On July 27th, 2019, our Heart Health Ambassadors set out to conduct surveys and teach the public about AEDs at the Miri Piri Parade in Surrey, British Columbia. We are committed to conducting surveys at further locations and community events throughout the Lower Mainland by September 2020 in order to gain a better understanding of public knowledge and be able to develop targeted techniques for educating British Columbians on cardiovascular health.

238 RESPONDENTS - SURREY, BC

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SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST

  • Only 37.7% of individuals with current AED training correctly noted that cardiac arrest and heart attacks are NOT the same thing. 

  • 49.1% of individuals without current AED training correctly noted that cardiac arrest and heart attacks are NOT the same thing. 

    • 56.8% of respondents that have witnessed a cardiac arrest were able to correctly answer this question.​

CPR TRAINING

  • Only 29.2% of respondents had previously received CPR training. 

  • 69.1% of respondents did not have CPR training but 15.7% of them have witnessed a cardiac arrest occur in front of them. 

  • 72.4% of all respondents without CPR training correctly noted that an AED can be used to deliver shock. 

USING AEDS TO HELP OTHERS

  • 81.2% of individuals with current AED training were aware that legislation protects someone who uses an AED within reasonable measure to help a bystander who has suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. 

    • 53.4% of individuals without current AED training ​and 73.0% of the respondents that had witnessed a cardiac arrest were able to correctly answer this question. 

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

  • Only 56.5 % of individuals with current AED training correctly noted that an AED can be used by anyone in the public when needed and not by trained professionals only.

    • 45.4% of individuals without AED training were able to note this correctly.

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