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MPP recognizes St. Michael’s physician for work to save lives

Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale MPP Ted McMeekin endorsed the work of St. Michael’s Dr. Laurie Morrison and her team at Queen’s Park for their work to reduce cardiac deaths across North America.

Toronto, May 18, 2010

Laurie Morrison Dr. Laurie Morrison (left) teaching CPR.

“I'm pleased to rise today to discuss the great work of the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium, commonly known as ROC, which is making a difference every single day,” McMeekin said during a member’s statement on May 17.

ROC, a large, multinational research collaboration of 10 sites across the United States and Canada are studying how promising new tools and treatments can improve survival rates among people who suffer cardiac arrest or life-threatening traumatic injury.

Research by the group has found that a bystander who attempts CPR can quadruple the survival rate to more than 50 per cent, yet only 30 per cent of bystanders in Toronto are willing to help, one of the lowest rates of bystanders helping others in the developed world. What’s more, defibrillators, when used in conjunction with CPR in the first few minutes after a cardiac arrest, can also dramatically improve cardiac arrest survival rates by more than 75 per cent. In five regional sites which have participated in the study, cardiac arrest survival rates have already more than tripled.

Dr. Morrison and her team are working with McMeekin to have his private member’s bill — the Defibrillator Access Act — which calls for Automated External Defibrillators to be installed in public places, become law.

Video: Ted McMeekin's Member Statement regarding "Resusitation Services Boards" on May 17, 2010.