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CPR and AEDs

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

Early and effective Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can significantly increase a person’s chance of survival during a cardiac arrest – when the heart stops beating. Even the minimal act of performing Hands-only CPR (pushing hard and fast on the center of the chest at a rate of 100 compressions per minute) can restore blood flow to the brain and vital organs.

Since 88 per cent of cardiac arrests happen at home, learning how and when to perform CPR is crucial. There are several levels of CPR available. To read more about it, please check out the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

If you notice that someone is unconscious (you are unable to wake the person up), here are a few tips to remember:

  • Call 911
  • Send someone to get an AED if available
  • Check for absent or abnormal breathing and begin CPR
    • Place hands in the Centre of the chest
    • Push hard and fast – compressions should be at a rate of 100 per minute and a depth of at least 5cm (2inches) for adults and children
    • Repeat compressions until paramedics arrive

Learning CPR is easy and inexpensive, search for an accredited CPR agency in your area or visit the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.


Automated external defibrillator (AED)

Automated external defibrillators are very easy to use and can increase a person’s chance of survival by up to 75 per cent when used together with CPR!

AEDs are located throughout our community, including in schools, emergency shelters, sports and recreational facilities, government offices and private businesses. An AED in a public facility is accessible to anyone. No training is required to use these devices.

Register your AED

York Regional Paramedic Services collects information on locations of AEDs within York Region.  This information is shared with 911 dispatchers so they can let the caller know that there is an AED nearby.  By registering your AED, you will also be informed of any changes in AED and CPR protocols by one of our Lead Paramedics.

If you would like to register your AED with York Region Paramedic Services, please email Paramedic.Heartalive@york.ca



External Resources

American Heart Association
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada


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