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June 1 - 7, 2017

CPR and AED Awareness Week

Building CPR and AED Awareness in Your Community

Over 350,000 people suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests each year in the U.S. Only 10% of them survive. Survival depends on getting CPR immediately from a bystander within the first few minutes following cardiac arrest, before first responders arrive. The solution lies in widespread community CPR training. Educating the lay public on the importance of CPR and how to perform it will increase the number of lifesavers in our communities.1

National CPR and AED Awareness Week is intended to further educate Americans about the necessity of CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training. 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.

Improving survival from cardiac arrest

The Resuscitation Academy was created in 2008 by the EMS leaders in Seattle, King County, Washington to help other communities improve their cardiac arrest survival rates. Since that time, the RA has touched hundreds of EMS systems, sharing resources, strategies, philosophy, and inspiration along the way. The goal of the Resuscitation Academy is to improve survival from cardiac arrest.

Community CPR Response

70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes. Unfortunately, only about 46% of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest get the immediate help that they need before professional help arrives.2

It is essential for people in the community to act. The solution is widespread training of CPR throughout communities. Early recognition of a beginning cardiac arrest and knowing what to do next can dramatically improve patient outcomes and survival.

Helping Save Lives

Laerdal’s commitment to helping save lives is deeply rooted in a strong dedication to improve patient survival. For over 50 years, we have strived continuously to develop needs-based products and solutions that make an impact in each person's life. 

1) CPR Facts and Stats. http://cpr.heart.org/AHAECC/CPRAndECC/AboutCPRFirstAid/CPRFactsAndStats/UCM_475748_CPR-Facts-and-Stats.jsp
2) http://cpr.heart.org/AHAECC/CPRAndECC/AboutCPRFirstAid/CPRFactsAndStats/UCM_475748_CPR-Facts-and-Stats.jsp