Canadian Red Cross AED Training Device & Manual

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Canadian Red Cross
First Aid

As the first national agency to include cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in its first aid courses, the Canadian Red Cross has remained a leader in health and safety training.

Over the years, the Red Cross program has evolved to include training for automated external defibrillators (AEDs), which have become fixtures in recreational buildings and communities all over Canada.

Until recently, AED use was still a delegated medical act in most provinces and territories, but now they are public access, making the Red Cross’ national training manual for first responders the first of its kind. This initiative led to the development of the Red Cross First Aid manual in 1997  and then the CPR/AED skills card in 2001.

The skills card was a folding pocket sized manual that included some text and lots of photos as reference. The intent was to create a manual that was portable and easy to use and reference in the time of an emergency. The card has since morphed into a small booklet.

The impact of both the manual and skills card has been lifesaving, along with the ever-adapting Red Cross training program.

The CPR courses provide the skills needed to recognize and respond to cardiovascular emergencies and choking for adults, children and babies depending on the level of CPR chosen.

All training includes the use of an AED, the latest CPR guidelines, and courses offer training suitable for workplace or general interest. The courses require full attendance, skills demonstration and a 75 per cent passing grade on the final written exam.

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