FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. How long it my Standard First Aid & CPR valid?

A. Standard First Aid is valid for three years from the date of certification, this is a minimum standard. You can renew this certificate at the same level by completing a one day program within the three years. You can only complete one renewal program and then you must complete the full two day program again three years later. You cannot complete two renewal programs in a row. This regulation applies to the designated Workplace First Aid Attendant. You may require renewals more often if you are in healthcare, childcare, aquatics, recreation or deal with the general public.

Q. How often must I renew my CPR?

A. CPR is an annual renewal for healthcare, childcare, aquatics, recreation and the general public. Based on the consensus from the national CPR Guidelines (2015),most industries in Canada require annual CPR training. CPR and choking procedures should be renewed every year in an environment where the risks of an accident are higher such as nursing homes, long term care facilities, childcare, hospitality and recreation. The designated Workplace First Aid Attendant must renew their CPR every three years with their First Aid.

Refresher/Renewal(s) Certificates are recognized for a period of:

• 1 year for CPR & AED
• 3 years for Standard & Emergency First Aid
• 2 years for Childcare & Basic First Aid

Q. Can I order an new card if I lose or misplace my original?

A. Yes a new card can be issued provided it is a still valid and has not expired. We do not issue certification cards that have expired. For a replacement certifications card click here.

Q. What is an AED

A. The acronym AED stands for an automatic external defibrillator. An AED is a specialized device which is used to detect an abnormal life threatening heart rhythm, during a sudden cardiac arrest and then provide a shock to restore the heart rhythm back to normal.

Q. Is a heart attack and a sudden cardiac arrest the same thing?

A. No, a heart attack is a blockage in one or more of the coronary arteries on the surface of the heart. This blockage decrease blood flow to the heart muscle but the person may be conscious and alert. They may complain of things like chest pain, pressure or discomfort and feel unwell. A sudden cardiac can be caused by a variety of underlying problems and the person experiences unconsciousness suddenly and stops breathing normally. Immediate treatment is required to prevent sudden death.

Q. Can I use an AED on myself?

A. No. You cannot use a defibrillator on yourself. Victims of sudden cardiac arrest are unconscious and not breathing or not breathing normally.

Q. Can an AED be used on a person with a pacemaker or ICD?

A. Yes. It is all right to use an AED on a person with an implanted device such as a pacemaker or ICD, but do not place the pads directly over the implant. You can tell where an implant is located by a lump in the skin and a scar.

Q. Can an AED be used on children?

A. Yes. The AED can be used on adults, infants and children.

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