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The Advanced Coronary Treatment  (ACT) Foundation

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the ACT Foundation

The Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation is the national charitable organization dedicated to establishing free CPR as a mandatory program in every Canadian high school.

 

The program is built on ACT’s award-winning community-based model of partnerships and support. ACT raises funds for mannequins and resources for all high schools and guides schools in program set-up. 

 

High school teachers are trained as CPR and defibrillator instructors for their students. More than 6,000 teachers are trained as instructors and ACT has already donated more than 50,000 durable mannequins to high schools, ensuring 1:1 mannequin / student ratio.

 

To date, more than 2.6 million youth have been trained by their high school teachers, with an additional 310,000 being trained each year. Many lives are being saved. 

 

Teacher Resources

 

What Students Learn in the High School CPR Program:
Through the ACT High School CPR Program, all students learn the 4 Rs of CPR:
  • RISK factors for cardiovascular disease and the importance of adopting a heart healthy lifestyle;
  • How to RECOGNIZE a developing medical emergency;
  • How to REACT, by calling 9-1-1 quickly and how to help while waiting for the ambulance to arrive; and,
  • How to RESUSCITATE, or perform CPR.
How the High School CPR and Defibrillator Program Works:  
The ACT High School CPR and Defibrillator Program is based on a successful community-based model of partnerships and support that makes the Program FREE for all high school students: 
  • Schools commit to a long-term, self-sustaining program.
  • Training resources are donated to schools. These include durable mannequins, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training units, teacher training, and curriculum materials.
  • High school teachers are trained as CPR and AED instructors and teach students as a regular part of the curriculum.
  • The Program is easy to set up and maintain over the long-term.

 

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