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National CPR & AED Awareness Week 2012

07 Jun Posted by in CPR, Uncategorized | Comments Off on National CPR & AED Awareness Week 2012
National CPR & AED Awareness Week 2012

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death in the United States accounting for an estimated 165,000 out-of hospital deaths per year and only 7.9 percent of victims survive. It can be treated successfully in many victims by a timed electrical shock using an automated external defibillator (AED), but time is crucial. Using AEDs helps save lives because they can help restore normal heart rhythm before emergency personnel arrive.

In 2007, the AHA in coalition with the American Red Cross and the National Safety Council worked collaboratively to federally designate a National CPR & AED Awareness Week. On December 13, 2007, Congress unanimously passed a resolution to set aside June 1-7 each year as National CPR and AED Awareness Week to spotlight how lives can be saved if more Americans know CPR and how to use an AED. In the declaration, Congress asked states and municipalities to make AEDs more publicly accessible. During this week each year, CPR/AED classes and demonstrations are conducted, events are hosted and educational information is distributed on the importance of being trained in CPR and AED use. We encourage you to find out about local events in your area!