Every Second Counts…

Could you save a life?  Someone’s life could be in your hands and their vital statistics could depend on your actions.  June 1 – 7, 2021 is “National CPR and AED Awareness Week.”  The Red Cross emphasizes “Every Second Counts” because every second does count when someone is in cardiac arrest and their life could possibly be saved if everyone knew CPR and how to use an AED.

This week would be a great time to learn or freshen up on the “Cardiac Arrest 1-2-3” process.  More than 1,600 people fall victim to it every day in the United States and often occurs without warning.  The first thing anyone should do is call 911, second start CPR, and third use an AED if one is accessible.  Certification training sessions are offered both via in-class and/or online, and available in your area by reaching out to the American Red Cross website.

Let’s take a look at some facts:

  • In one year alone, 475,000 Americans die from a cardiac arrest
  • More than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of the hospital each year
  • Many victims appear healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors
  • 4 out of 5 cardiac arrests happen at home
  • Lowering your blood pressure may decrease the risks by approximately 50%
  • Bystander CPR improves survival
  • Help is needed immediately
  • Heart disease is the #1 leading cause of death in the United States

So let’s save more lives…  Be responsible, encourage others, and promote public awareness on the value of knowing CPR to increase the chances of survival.  If at least one person in each household were trained in CPR and the use of an AED more lives could be saved!

Check out these resources for more information, or, how you can get involved:

Bellevue University eCatalog

American Heart Association

American Red Cross

Laerdal Top 10 CPR Awareness Resources

American Heart Association CPR & First Aid Facebook Page

National CPR & AED Awareness Week Pinterest Page

AHA CPR & First Aid Twitter Feed

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