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.
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.
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