CPR Facts

This page is dedicated to unique facts and information about doing CPR, CPR training courses and CPR benefits.

Unique CPR Facts

  • The chances of recovering a victim with just CPR, with no AED and no advanced medical support (EMS), is just 1 to 2%. This is why it is so important to send someone to contact 911 and to retrieve a AED.
  • The chances of recovering a victim with just CPR and a AED is 8%.
  • An AED is not designed to jump start a heart. It is actually designed to flat line a heart. When a heart goes into cardiac arrest the electrical impulse to the heart sends irregular rhythms. Only the shock from a AED can
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    stop those rhythms by flat-lining the heart in an attempt to restart the heart to a regular rhythm.

  • General Electric conducted a study on the use of AED’s and discovered that the shock a rescuer would receive, if he or she were in the same puddle as the shocked victim, would be negligible.
  • Too many compressions is not bad. Too much air can lead to regurgitation and complications when ventilating during CPR.
  • CPR is hard. A fit and healthy person can only do CPR at a good standard for about 4 minutes.
  • People throughout Canada are protected by various acts, such as the Good Samaritan Act, which protects Lay rescuers that attempt to help a consenting or unconscious victim.
  • When rescuing a infant candidates must first ask for permission from the caregivers or parents. If no parents or caregivers are around, consent is implied.
  • The top 2 foreign object obstructions for choking victims is grapes and sausages. Sit down and enjoy your food to prevent choking.
  • Studies have shown that AED pads will work on a victim with a hairy chest.
  • The most likely cause of death for people over 44 years of age is cardiovascular disease.
  • AED pads are one time use only. Be careful when placing them on the victim.
  • Rescuers should attempt to use a AED even if the low battery prompt is detected.
  • Rescuers can use adult AED pads on a child but can not use child pads on a adult. Paediatric pads for infants will be available soon.
  • By taking a CPR course such as CPR level “C” candidates learn to save the lives of loved ones, family members, co-workers and friends.

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