Community PAD/AED Program

Automated external defibrillators in your community are saving lives

The Region of Peel, with Brampton, Caledon, Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) have placed hundreds of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in public places for anyone to use at any time.

Every AED gives each member of the community the opportunity to save a life. If you witness someone in cardiac arrest, grab the AED and follow the instructions - the unit will actually speak to you! It’s safe and easy to help someone in need. Be the one.

As a Paramedic Service we provide support to organizations in Peel who are:

  • interested in setting up an AED program
  • intend to build on an existing AED program
  • looking for guidance after an AED was used on their premises

As a Region we also maintain an AED registry database, which keeps track of every private and public AED in Peel. This database is important because it enables 9-1-1 operators to advise individuals on the scene where they can access an AED, helping make Peel a safer cardiac region.

Be the one. Act to save a life.

Who can use an AED

Community accessible AEDs are designed to be used by anyone at any time. Use an AED if you witness someone who is:

  • Unconscious and not breathing
  • Unconscious and not breathing properly

Using an AED is simple

  • Call 9-1-1
  • Open the AED, if it is in a case
  • Turn the unit on
  • Follow the instructions
  • Do chest compressions as instructed by AED

Chain of Survival

The Chain of Survival is the process to follow in order to provide the best possible outcome for someone suffering a cardiac arrest. Each link represents vital steps required. When you follow these steps you decrease the amount of time between sudden cardiac arrest and advanced care.

Chain of Survival

EARLY ACCESS Early Access First Link: Calling 9-1-1 as soon as possible will reduce the amount of time from collapsing to receiving Advanced Care
EARLY CPR Early CPR Second Link: Providing CPR as soon as possible will “buy” much needed time, until an AED arrives.
EARLY AED Early AED Third Link: Using an AED as soon as possible will increase the chances of converting disorganized heart rhythms into organized rhythms.
EARLY ADVANCED CARE Early Advanced Care Fourth Link: Paramedics can begin the Advanced Care process before the individual reaches the hospital.

Purchasing an AED or starting a PAD program

Peel Regional Paramedic Services will provide support and guidance to organizations or individuals interested in learning about AEDs.

We can assist with:

  • determining AED placement
  • recommending the number of units and type of AED unit that would best suit your needs

PAD/AED Community Guide can assist you when creating your own AED program or purchasing an AED unit.

Site Assessment Guide can help you determine the appropriate number of AEDs for your organization and guide you through AED site assessments and response plans.

AED registration

The AED should be registered with Peel Regional Paramedic Services by completing and submitting the registration form.

When an AED has been installed it needs to be inspected on a regular basis, and the inspection/maintenance record needs to be kept for at least one year.

Download a sample Maintenance Checklist

Our AED was used, now what?

If your AED was used during an emergency please contact Peel Regional Paramedic Services by phone at 905-791-7800 ext. 3103 or by email.

We would like to speak with those involved in performing bystander CPR or using an AED during the emergency and can assist you or your organization to get your AED back in service.

Note: When an AED is activated it records patient information. This information needs to be downloaded and provided to the medical director and hospital, if needed, in a timely manner. If your organization utilizes a AED service provider, please ensure they provide AED information to Peel Regional Paramedic Services.

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