An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on the wall of a TTC subway station

June 2010

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) have been installed within line of sight of Collector Booths at 18 additional locations in 16 subway stations. The AEDs can be used in the event of cardiac emergency.

In 2009, 30 stations were equipped with AEDs, the first of which was at Bloor-Yonge Station. The life-saving units can now be found at these stations: Coxwell, Eglinton West, Jane, Keele, Lawrence, Lawrence West, Main Street, North York Centre, Osgoode, Ossington, Royal York, Sherbourne, St Patrick, Wellesley, Wilson and Yorkdale.

Nearly 7,000 cardiac arrests occur yearly in Ontario, according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. AEDs are used in combination with Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to help restore heart rhythm in a person who goes into cardiac arrest. When used with CPR, defibrillators can improve survival by more than 50 per cent if delivered within the first few minutes.