JIBC students, staff and faculty support CPR training throughout B.C.

2015_02FEB_ChilliwackCPR4LIFE-650x300smPrimary Care Paramedic students in Chilliwack showed people of all ages how to do CPR as part of Heart Month in February. (Submitted photo; story by Richard Chu)


For Heart Month in February, students, staff and faculty from the Health Sciences Division (HSD) at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) helped people of all ages learn about the life-saving value of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

The public engagement included teaching people how to perform CPR on people in a critical cardiac emergency, and was in support of a friendly challenge from the Vancouver Fire Fighters Community CPR Program as part of its CPR4LIFE campaign.

The activities by HSD participants to build awareness of the value of CPR and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) were varied throughout the province.

In Chilliwack, students and instructors in JIBC’s Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) Program promoted CPR education at Garrison Village where people of all age groups from children to seniors received an introduction on how to perform CPR and use an AED in the event of a cardiac arrest.

In Victoria, PCP students completed a demonstration of an ambulance call that ended in a cardiac arrest as part of their participation in the Greater Victoria Job and Career Fair.

JIBC instructor Deb Roberts led an emergency medical responder course in Port Alberni supporting the CPR4LIFE challenge in that community.

At the New Westminster Campus, JIBC’s Centre for Professional Health Education coordinated four lunch-time sessions of hands-on CPR training led by Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada CPR instructor-trainer Sandy Barabe.

PCP Kelowna at local seniors centre demonstrating CPRPCP students in Kelowna lead a CPR/AED information session as part of the CPR4LIFE challenge

PCP students in Kelowna teamed up with the BC Ambulance Service and did a CPR/AED information session in Peachland at a 55+ activity centre.

“The workshop was fantastic and the JIBC students from the Paramedic Academy were outstanding in every way,” said Julie van den Born, regional coordinator for the District of Peachland. “What impressed me the most was the genuine care and concerned they showed everyone. Many had mobility concerns, hearing issues, and a ton of questions, and the students handled it all in stride.”

For more information about JIBC’s Primary Care Paramedic Program, the only one in B.C. that’s accredited by the Canadian Medical Association, visit the JIBC PCP webpage.


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