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What is an Automated External Defibrillator? 

An AED is a portable electronic device that diagnoses a lethal cardiac arrhythmia and is able to treat it through defibrillation.  If used in conjuction with CPR and applied within a few minutes of cardiac arrest, survival rates increase dramatically.

Cardiac Arrest Statistics in Canada

45,000 cardiac arrests annually in Canada

85% of cardiac arrests occur in the home and public places

Less than 5% of cardiac arrests that do not occur in the hospital will survive

For every 1 minute delay without an AED, chances of survival goes down 10%

Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Chest pain

Difficulty breathing




Pain in shoulders, neck and arms

Sweaty skin

Rapid or irregular heart rate

The Chase McEachern Act (Heart Defibrillator Civil Liability, 2007)

Chase McEachern passed away at 11 years old while advocating to have AED's available in public places.  The act exempts a lay rescuer from civil liability for attempting to help another individual.