What is defibrillation and why is it so important?

Contrary to popular belief, by performing CPR on a patient we are unlikely to restore the pulse on a pulseless patient.  However, we do keep oxygen flowing to the brain reducing permanent damage and prolonging the progression of biological death (death of the brain).  When CPR is combined with early defibrillation the patient’s chances of survival dramatically increase. Without early defibrillation chances of the patient recovering are unlikely. 

Studies show that less than 5% of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital survive. Where locations with access to early defibrillation have reported saving as many as 70% of AED patients.  The same study shows that with every passing minute, the chances for the victim's survival decrease by 10% and that defibrillation is more successful when performed within 8 minutes of the cardiac arrest, and most successfully if performed within 5 minutes. For this reason the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Health and the American heart Association are aggressively promoting the public access to defibrillation and the chain of survival.

(PAD) Public Access Defibrillation Courses

CERT is proud to be an official provider of the Safety Smart (PAD) Public Access Defibrillation program.  This program promotes early defibrillation, healthy heart living, and educates on the risk factors of CVD.  Participants will learn when and how to use a defibrillator safely and update CPR skills if necessary. 


Our PAD Training Program is recognized and accredited through:

  • Provincial Base Hospital Guidelines for PAD Training.

  • Medical Physician Oversight and Medical Delegation for AED Providers.

  • The Ontario Ministry of Health.

Our Program

Anyone of age 10 and older can participate in our AED program. Our program is usually a full day class (8 hours). If CPR is not required the course is 6 hours in length.  Training in defibrillation can also occur as an elective topic during a Standard First Aid course.  

Included in the training cost:
  • CERT will respond to each AED application (includes downloading information stored on the AED and forwarding this information to the medical oversight director).
  • Implementation of Medical Oversight Guidelines and Emergency Response Protocol.
  • Implementation of an AED Provider Program committee.
  • We have two types of AED courses available one for certification with AED only and the other a combination of AED and CPR.
  • Authorization of AED purchase and use by our Medical Director.
  • Review of existing Emergency Response Protocol(s) and Implement site-specific policies.
  • Aid in the process of critical incident stress debriefing.


How long does the certification last?

Yearly re-certification of AED and CPR is required as well as a 6 month update for those previously certified (length 2 hours). 


Public Access Defibrillation - AED Course

Time: 4- 6 hours

Prerequisites: Current certification in CPR within 3 months

In this workshop we will examine:

  • The Chain of Survival© and your role within it.
  • The basic anatomy of the heart.
  • The mechanical and electrical function of the heart.
  • How an AED works and the different components of it.
  • Your responsibilities, restrictions, and retraining requirements.
  • The maintenance requirements of your AED.

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Respond to a variety of AED scenarios.
  • Demonstrate safe defibrillation.
  • Effectively perform CPR, AR, choking and the use of an AED on an adult.
  • Deal with mechanical malfunctions and complications that may arise.
  • Manage a post arrest patient.
  • Transfer care to a firefighter, a paramedic and a physician.


Public Access Defibrillation –AED Course with CPR

Time: 8 hours

Prerequisites: None

This course includes training in AR, choking and CPR for adult patients.  An additional 2 hours will be added to this course to allow for certification.