2016 Canadian Consensus Guidelines on First Aid and CPR



Working together to train more Canadians to deal with medical emergencies

For the first time, Canada’s leading not-for-profit training agencies have joined together to release an evidence-based set of recommendations on training and standards of practice for first aid and CPR.

The recommendations will provide legislators, regulators and on-the-ground community and workplace health and safety personnel with one consistent set of guidelines that will apply across Canadian jurisdictions.

The Canadian Guidelines Consensus Task Force is comprised of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Red Cross, St. John Ambulance, the Canadian Ski Patrol and the Lifesaving Society. The intent of this task force is to bring together the largest not-for-profit first aid and CPR training agencies in Canada to achieve consensus on the implementation of new changes to protocols, guidelines and science, and to share this consensus document across the country. By working together, the group is confident it can train more Canadians and save more lives.

The recommendations, released at the Canadian Emergency Care Conference in February 2016, have been adopted by each of the task force members, and will be the basis for each organization to develop their training materials and instructor training.

The 2016 Canadian Consensus Guidelines on First Aid and CPR contain recommendations that will help first aid and CPR providers in the workplace, community or in advanced life-saving roles to keep up to date with new techniques and approaches based on the best evidence that they will improve outcomes for people who experience cardiac arrest or other medical emergencies.

International recommendations for resuscitation and first aid are currently updated on a five-year cycle to reflect recent advances in clinical research. The Canadian Red Cross and Heart and Stroke Foundation are two of the organizations that contribute to the scientific evidence review process through their representation on the International Red Cross – Evidence Based Network and International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. The task force used the latest scientific recommendations from both of these international groups to build these new 2016 guidelines.