Middlesex-London Emergency Medical Services hosted their 5th Annual Cardiac Arrest Survivor Day on Friday June 2nd 2017 at Fanshawe College.
Up to 40,000 Cardiac Arrests occur each year in Canada, that’s one every 13 minutes. Without rapid and appropriate treatment, most of these cardiac arrests will result in death. As many as 85 % of all cardiac arrests occur in homes and public places and it is estimated that only 5% of people who have a sudden cardiac arrest, outside of the hospital, will survive.
This event is held each year to celebrate survivors of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and to recognize the first responders who played a role in saving them. This event also gives first responders a chance to meet the people they cared for and see how they’ve gotten on with their lives.
In the last year, forty (40) people survived an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the Middlesex-London area. We are pleased to announce that seventeen (17) of these Cardiac Arrest Survivors will be attending this year’s celebration.
Cardiac Arrest Survivors will be reunited with the citizens who recognized their cardiac event and started CPR and/or used a public access defibrillator along with the paramedics from Middlesex-London EMS, police officers from the London Police Services and Strathroy-Caradoc Police Services, ambulance communications officers from London Central Ambulance Communications Centre and firefighters from the London Fire Department, Adelaide Metcalfe Fire Department, and Thames Centre Fire Department.
This event also coincides with Paramedic Services Week in Ontario which is May 28th- June 3rd 2017.