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Man who was saved reunited with rescuers

Life-saving efforts can help save a life. On the 7th yearly Survivor Day which was organized by Essex-Windsor paramedics, the first responders were reunited with those that were brought back from clinical death.

Prompt intervention

The 1st Survivor Day presented 5 survivors. The timely action of bystanders to execute CPR, availability of public-use defibrillators (AED), improved paramedic skills and technologies, quick access to cardiac catheterization at healthcare facilities, and prompt delivery of step-by-step instructions by 911 dispatchers were credited.

All these improvements played a vital role in saving several lives.

According to Joanne Lajeunesse, while hugging paramedic Zach Livingston, they helped bring her back after suffering a major stroke back in January 2016. Just like with the other patients, she was overwhelmed emotionally when meeting her rescuers.

According to event organizer EMS Capt. Cathie Hedges, the 2016 survivor stories were amazing since more than half of them involve bystanders or family who performed CPR until the arrival of the paramedics. In the past, only around 1-in-10 cases involved bystander CPR.

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Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and using an automated external defibrillator (AED) can save a life.

With the increasing awareness of the importance of prompt intervention and the availability of first aid and CPR courses, it can help increase the chances of survival during emergencies.

Importance of first aid training

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and using an automated external defibrillator (AED) can save a life. Prompt delivery of life-saving techniques improves the chances of survival during emergencies.

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