Toronto Paramedic Services Safe City Program
When someone has a cardiac arrest, over 60 per cent of the time no one acts. The two major barriers to performing CPR and using an AED are lack of sufficient training, and fear of doing something wrong. You cannot hurt someone who has suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, you can only help.The Chase Mceachern Act and the Good Samaritan Act protect you from liability in the duties of providing CPR and using an AED.
If You Witness a Sudden Cardiac Arrest:
- Call 9‑1‑1 for the paramedics.
- Start CPR: Push hard and fast on the person’s chest 100–120 times per minute.
- Send someone for the AED (automatic external defibrillator). These are located at most entrances of buildings. The Emergency Medical Dispatch can tell you where the closest one is located and is trained to guide you to perform CPR and use the AED
- When the AED arrives, open up the lid and follow the voice prompts.
How to Take a Course:
Providers Approved to Deliver Emergency and Standard First Aid