CPR & AEDs @ UBC – "you can only help"

“Helping Hearts” : The Heart & Stroke, together with a number of on-campus agencies, yesterday hosted compact training sessions for ‘Hands-Only CPR’ (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and the use of AEDs (Automated External Defibrillator). Several hundred participated in the sessions that saw students, staff, faculty and residents come together to work together to learn basic skills that they ultimately hope they will never have to use.
Participants were welcomed by a video featuring Aneen – a former UBC Student who suffered a cardiac arrest at the UBC Aquatic Centre – who’s survival was largely attributed to the quick response of lifeguards, the use of CPR and the AED available on-site. Click here for Aneen’s story.

There exist a number of resources available to you should you have missed the opportunity to participate yesterday:

Learn CPR in less than 90 seconds (video)

Learn how to use an AED in less than 90 seconds (video)

Participants were also introduced to ‘PulsePoint’ , a new app developed by BCEHS (BC Emergency Health Services) which not only provides updated maps to the locations of AEDs, but more importantly is a crowd-sourced safety resource which alerts CPR-trained bystanders to a cardiac emergency in their immediate vicinity, thereby increasing the victim’s chances of survival.

PulsePoint communities come together to save lives (video)

Be a life saver. Help us build a PulsePoint connected community here at UBC. Download the ‘PulsePoint’ app here.


Whereas the basic knowledge of CPR and AED use are important, nothing can replace formal training and certification. The UBC Aquatic Centre delivers advanced training for adult, child and infant CPR; heart-attack and obstructed airway. Certification is through the Lifesaving Society or Canadian Red Cross.
Learn and become certified to save a life – register today!