About the course

Sudden cardiac arrest can occur any time. Most of the sudden cardiac arrests result from either ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia. When the heart stops, the lack of oxygenated blood can cause brain damage within a few minutes. It is estimated that the brain may sustain damage without oxygenated blood for four to six minutes and irreversible damage after that. But, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can revive heart (cardio) and lung (pulmonary) functioning. An Automated External Defibrillation (AED) is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart beat during ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation. Therefore, accessing an AED and providing AED directed CPR could enable survival of the client.

This course assists healthcare professionals to update and improve the knowledge and skills required in identifying the need for CPR and responding efficiently and effectively and utilizing an AED.  

Learning Outcomes

  • Recall the concept of the chain of survival and CPR.
  • Assume responsibility within professional boundaries.
  • Formulate the details of the situation and respond to the EMS team or work place supervisor.
  • Apply appropriate CPR techniques for adults, children and infant victims.
  • Develop the skill in operating the AED device and apply the principles of AED use.
  • Access and engage AED use while basic CPR is ongoing.
  • Determine the safety precautions of defibrillation.
  • Describe the steps and indications in performing CPR.
  • Explain the importance of providing CPR.

CPD Points

2 Points


2 Hours (Self-Paced)

Course curriculum