CPR guidelines 2015
First aid, CPR and AEDs: Learn to save a life!
First aid is the first step in the process of assessing and addressing the medical needs of someone who has been injured or is in distress due to a heart attack, stroke, choking, or other medical emergencies. Being trained in first aid techniques allows you to determine the immediate course of treatment required until advanced medical help arrives.
CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is an emergency procedure that is used to restore blood flow to someone who is having cardiac arrest. Without proper blood flow, the brain and organs can be seriously damaged and the person can die within minutes if not treated immediately. CPR can help maintain blood flow and ventilation for a short period of time in a person experiencing cardiac arrest.
An AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is a device that is used to get a heart back to its natural rhythms by delivering an electrical shock to the heart during a cardiac arrest.
Typically you can find AEDs in malls, community centres, and other public places. The Heart and Stroke Foundation has placed a significant number of AEDs across the country and trained thousands of people how to use them.
Learn about our National AED program here.
Easy-to-follow steps: Hands-Only* CPR
Get First Aid, CPR and AED in-classroom training
Last reviewed: April 2014