Every year, about 40,000 cardiac arrests happen in Canada - that’s one every 13 minutes.
Cardiac arrest can strike without warning, affecting people of all ages and all degrees of fitness. When cardiac arrest happens, every minute counts. If delivered in the first few minutes of a cardiac arrest, defibrillation and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can double survival rates. But with each passing minute, the probability of survival decreases by 7 to 10 per cent.
These facts inspired the HSF’s National AED program.
With so many lives at stake, we are committed to make Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) as common as fire extinguishers in public places and to help more Canadians learn how easy and foolproof they are to use. We have already placed more than 20,000 AEDs in communities across the country, and by working with generous corporate and government sponsors we will continue to install AEDs in public places and teach more Canadians to be ready, willing and able to use them.
Federal AED Program for Arenas and Recreation Centres
This $10-million program funded through the Public Health Agency of Canada was completed in March 2016 . The three-year initiative exceeded goals by installing 3234 AEDs in rinks, arenas and rec centres from coast to coast to coast and training 25,360 Canadians how to respond to cardiac arrest. View our infographic
to learn about this program’s success.