Someone Experiencing Cardiac Arrest

If someone is experiencing cardiac arrest:

  1. Have someone call 911 and obtain the LifeLine (TM) AED.
  2. Check for signs of responsiveness and breathing.  If no signs then,
  3. Immediately begin CPR and continue until either the AED or the Emergency Responders arrive.
  4. If AED arrives first, use the AED as trained or as outlined on the pad pouch and AED information card (located in the back of the AED unit).  In addition the AED will provide voice instruction when activated.

Question:  Should untrained people use an AED?

Answer:  It is preferable that anyone using an AED be trained; however, all AEDs are designed so that untrained people can also use an AED safely.  Please note:  an AED will only administer a potential lifesaving shock if the AED detects a shock is required.

Please see the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada position statement on public access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for more information.  Link is below:

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Position Statement

Prior to using an AED ensure all of the following are true:

  1. Person is unconscious
  2. Person is unresponsive
  3. Person is not breathing or gasping
  4. Person has no signs of circulation (pale, cold, clammy skin)

Please review the video below on how to use a Lifeline(TM) AED.

Lifeline Defibrillator Use Overview