CPR still a valuable survival tool: paramedic

Justin Crann
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Guest speaker Tim Hiller is a paramedic with almost 30 years of experience. He lectured on the value of CPR as a part of a life-saving regime.

Established paramedic, instructor and guest lecturer Tim Hiller was again a featured speaker at the South Saskatchewan First Responder Committee Conference Saturday.

Hiller, who has close to 30 years of experience as a paramedic, lectured on the effectiveness of CPR as a life-saving tool.

“CPR generally does not save lives,” Hiller said during his lecture at the Heritage Inn. “The national statistics say that between about zero and two per cent of cardiac arrests revived from CPR alone will survive.”

To demonstrate his point, Hiller conducted a poll of the room in which he had people stand up, and then remain standing if they had saved a patient with CPR alone.

“In the combined experience of this entire room, we have three people ... who have done CPR on somebody without a pulse and who was clinically dead, whose CPR without a defibrillator was able to bring the patient back again,” Hiller said.

For more, pick up tomorrow's Times-Herald.

Organizations: South Saskatchewan First Responder Committee, Heritage Inn

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