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June 1, 2013

CPR and AED Awareness Week is Here

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Since 2007, Congress has declared the first week in June as CPR and AED Awareness Week. With hands-only CPR and easy-to-use automated external defibrillators (AEDs), we’ve got two powerful tools to encourage everyone to step up in an emergency and give a victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) that second chance at life.

An alert and caring bystander is very often the key in a rescue situation, even before the arrival of EMS. Early intervention with CPR and defibrillation can improve survival rates, raising them as high as 60%* in some estimates.

* Saving Sudden Cardiac Arrest Victims in the Workplace (Automated External Defibrillators), OSHA 3185-09N 2003.

CPR/AED Fast Facts

    • Nearly 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually, and 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home. (AHA)
    • Statistically speaking, if called on to administer CPR in an emergency, the life you save is likely to be someone at home: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend. (AHA)
    • Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander. (AHA)
    • Compressions should be delivered at a rate of 100 per minute, matching the rhythm of perennial disco-era favorite “Stayin’ Alive.”

Here are some ASHI/MEDIC First Aid arrows for your CPR/AED Awareness Week quiver, to help you get the word out about our favorite lifesaving techniques:


  • —our public service announcement, available for download. You can even customize it with your own contact info and logo before sending it to your local media.

  • —an HSI eBook with tips and strategies for any business that wants to add these lifesaving devices to their workplace.

  • —Decorate your world with these skills-at-a-glance, full-color posters demonstrating the proper technique for CPR and more.

  • —Presentation full of fascinating facts from the history of emergency care.

  • —All you need to know, in one rockin’ poster you can add to your website for download.

Not a CPR instructor, but interested in exploring that as a career? Download our latest ebook about becoming a CPR instructor. 

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Just want to be prepared to help in an emegency? You've come to the right place:

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Thanks for joining our efforts to educate and empower!

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