Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I be successfully sued for doing CPR or First aid?

No. In Ontario the Good Samaritan Law makes it difficult to successfully sue if a first aider has used reasonable actions when  providing first aid.

2. Do I have to give breathes when I am doing CPR?

No.  If no barrier device is available, if a first aider is doesn’t want to do mouth to mouth for any reason just do compression only CPR, completing 100 compressions/minute.  When a first aider is comfortable doing mouth to mouth breathes or has a barrier device such as a face shield or pocket mask it is recommended to do 30 compressions & 2 breathes.

3. What’s an AED?

An automated external defibrillator is a safe & effective machine that decides if a person in cardiac arrest (unresponsive & not breathing) requires a defibrillation shock.  The A.E.D. will only charge if it reads a heart rhythm that is shockable.

4. Who can use a defibrillator?

Anyone. You do not require training. As long as you know where anAED (automated external defibrillator) is located you can take the AED from the cabinet and bring it to any person any age that is unresponsive and not breathing. First turn the AED ON and then follow the verbal directions until a trained responder assists you.

5. After my First Aid Certificate expires can I still help someone injured or ill?

Yes. Regardless if you have first aid training or not please help someone even if you are calling 911. Expiry dates on first aid certificates are used to ensure your employer is WSIB compliant. You should use them as a reminder that it’s time to renew your will training so you be more confident & comfortable when you practice first aid