As CPR and AED Awareness Week comes to an end, we'll show you how you can still raise awareness all year-long! Approximately 350,000 people suffer from sudden cardiac arrest each year in America. An increased awareness can help ensure that more people survive.
Survival depends on the victim receiving effective CPR within the 3-5 minute window following their collapse. Bystanders will be required to step in during the time it takes the EMS to arrive.
CPR training is a valuable, life-saving skill and essential for everyone to have in order to be prepared and able to respond to an emergency. You could end up saving the life of a loved one or even someone you don't know.
The purpose of National CPR and AED Awareness Week is to educate Americans on the necessity of CPR and AED training. Since 2008, the first week of June has been established as CPR and AED Awareness Week. During this time, CPR/AED classes are held, community events are hosted and awareness is raised through sharing educational information on the importance of being trained in CPR and the use of an AED.
Out of the 350,000 people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year in the United States, 90% of them will die. Performing immediate CPR can double and sometimes triple the victim's chance of survival. A higher bystander CPR rate has been linked to a greater chance of survival although currently, bystanders perform CPR just 37% of the time.
By making sure more people are aware of sudden cardiac arrest and how to respond to a cardiac emergency, their knowledge and confidence will increase as well as the number of people who perform CPR in an emergency as a result.
Make a Difference
CPR and defibrillation is the only definitive treatment for cardiac arrest. Although, alarmingly, 70% of Americans often feel helpless and unable to respond to a cardiac emergency due to a lack of knowledge.
By utilizing CPR, you can make a massive impact. A life-saving difference can, in fact, be made.
In 9 airports throughout the United States, there are Hands-Only CPR training kiosks that are operated by the American Heart Association. This fantastic initiative means travelers can get trained in Hands-Only CPR in the waiting lounge before their flight. There are an additional 35 kiosks in other locations across the country where already, 200,000 people have been trained across all kiosks - of course, this number will continue to rise along with the number of kiosks.
Here at the defibshop, we love that there is a whole week designated to raising awareness of CPR and the use of an AED as this is what we're all about, and we have a great passion for what we do. So much so, that we believe this awareness should be continued throughout the year. More than 1,600 people suffer from sudden cardiac arrest every day in America so it's important to be prepared for this to happen at any time or place.
You can help yourself prepare by:
- Ensuring your community and workplace are heart safe environments, equipped with AEDs.
- Attending a training course which will provide you with confidence in using your AED, including first aid skills and CPR.
- Spreading the word! Share our Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook content to educate others.
The more people that are prepared will mean more lives can potentially be saved.