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Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service

CPR & AED Awareness


  • New technology has made AEDs simple and user-friendly. Clear audio and visual cues tell users what to do when using an AED and coach people through CPR. A shock is delivered only if the victim needs it.
  • Up to 40,000 cardiac arrests occur each year in Canada. That’s one cardiac arrest every 12 minutes. Without rapid and appropriate treatment, most of these cardiac arrests will result in death. Thousands of lives could be saved through public access to automated external defibrillators.
  • As many as 85% of all cardiac arrests occur in homes and public places
  • After more than 12 minutes of ventricular fibrillation, the survival rate from cardiac arrest is less than 5%
  • For every 1 minute delay in defibrillation, the survival rate of a cardiac arrest victim decreases by 7% to 10%
  • Combined with CPR, the use of an AED may increase the likelihood of survival by 75% or more
  • New technology has made AEDs simple and user-friendly. Clear audio and visual cues tell users what to do when using an AED and coach people through CPR. A shock is delivered only if the victim needs it.
  • Public Access Defibrillation is an initiative that provided CPR and AED training to City employees, along with the placement of defibrillators at various offices, in an effort to reduce the time to deliver a shock.
  • With the deregulation of Defibrillation as a medical act, this type of training is much more readily available as most CPR instructors are capable of delivering the defibrillation component, therefore this program is currently under review.
  • For more information, visit the Manitoba Heart and Stroke Foundation's Emergency Care /CPR page.

Last update: February 17, 2016
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