New CPR

The material posted in this blog on New CPR is for information puproses only. If you want to learn to do CPR, receive proper training by taking a Red Cross CPR course. The most comprehensive course for lay rescuers is CPR level “C” which is also offered at our training centers.

Several changes have been implemented / recommended to the Red Cross and Lifesaving Society to promote and ensure high quality CPR. The new CPR standards include:

  • Chest compressions must be at a rate of at least 100 chest compressions per minute for adults, infants and children. The previous standards were for chest compressions to be approximately 100 per minute.
  • Chest compression depth must be at a depth of at least 2 inches for adults. Previously, the standard chest compression depth for an adult was 1.5 to 2 inches.
  • Chest compression depth for children and infants is to be at least one third the chest (about 2 inches for child and 1.5 inches for infants), instead of previous recommendation of approximately 1/3 the chest.
  • The maximum alloted time for a rescuer to not be doing chest compressions (ventilations) is 10 seconds instead of the previous recommentation of minimizing interruptions.
  • To continue to promote effective CPR the Red Cross and Lifesaving Society are promoting that rescuers allow for a full recoil of the chest in between chest compressions.

Changes in the implementation of AED’s has also been introduced to the Lifesaving Society and Red Cross programs:

  • A lone rescuer will call 911 and retrieve a AED if it is located nearby before beginning CPR on an  adult.
  • A lone rescuer will perform 2 minutes of CPR on a child or infant before calling 911 and retrieving an AED.
  • Rescuers can ask for bystanders to retrieve an AED for an infant eventhough the likelihood of an infant pediatric pads to be found in a AED is low and the likelihood for an infant to be in cardiac arrest is also very low.


Vancouver First Aid Ltd promotes the highest quality CPR and first aid standards. We quickly adapt any new CPR standards into our program. We are also expanding and offering first aid training in Surrey and CPR courses in Surrey. Our first aid courses are located throughout the Lower Mainland in comfortable and convenient locations. We try our best to never cancel a class (99% guarantee) and we promise to offer the cheapest first aid training in Vancouver.

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