As restrictions continue to loosen across Canada, people are gradually integrating back into their “normal” routines, whether that’s travelling, seeing loved ones or returning to in-person events. The past year and a half has been riddled with hardships, so regaining a sense of stability is a top priority for many of us. Returning to populated events may be daunting for some, after being isolated for so long, but those who are eager to jump back in feel confident in the increased safety protocols in place.
Covid-19 has drastically altered society’s perception of the world, going far beyond our sanitation standards. Now that we’ve witnessed how quickly circumstances can change, people are taking preventative measures to ensure they are ready for whatever life may throw at them. The recent case of Christian Eriksen, a professional soccer player, was a major reality check and struck a chord for most people who witnessed the incident. Sky Sports (2021) reported that the 29-year old midfielder for Denmark's soccer team collapsed mid-game from cardiac arrest. Eriksen had no previous heart complications and it’s standard for players to undergo regular physicals. Luckily, Denmark’s captain acted quickly, performing CPR until medical first responders could assist. His wife and family witnessed the entire ordeal from the stands. Without any medical attention in the first three minutes of cardiac arrest, the chances of survival are cut in half (CDC, 2021). Eriksen is now recovering, thanks to the assistance of those around him.
The CDC (2021) determined that 7 in 10 cardiac arrest cases happen at home. Resulting in approximately half of these individuals not receiving medical attention until first responders are on the scene. Eriksen was one of the fortunate few to receive the necessary attention in those vital few minutes. Although it’s important to note, not every person who suffers a cardiac arrest outside their home is guaranteed to receive CPR from a bystander, Eriksen was surrounded by medical first responders and teammates who were trained to perform CPR. And In a crowded event, there is no guarantee that medical attention will get to the patient in time.
After witnessing this scenario, it became clear how necessary basic first aid training is for everyone. Fortunately, Covid-19 restrictions have not slowed down first aid classes. St. John Ambulance has adapted its courses to align with social distancing protocols, ensuring the equipment is not shared and reducing class sizes. St. John Ambulance also recruits medical first response volunteers, who attend events, gatherings and disasters (St. John Ambulance, 2021). Their contributions provide life-saving actions in situations like Eriksen’s and they are the first on scene for numerous other emergencies. Volunteer Medical Responders ensure that all populated events have access to first-aid coverage.
As we return to public gatherings, we must be implementing the necessary precautions to guarantee the safety of ourselves and others around us. That is why we at Precision Chemical chose St. John Ambulance as our partner in the "Everyday Products with a Purpose" project. For every limited edition 12 oz bottle of hand sanitizer and mask package sold, we'll be donating a portion of proceeds to St. John Ambulance towards the purchase of new CPR training mannequins. We believe in their mission and want to support them as they work to secure the safety and wellbeing of our community.
To learn more about "Everyday Products with a Purpose" visit https://sjamb.precisionsanitizer.com/epp