This first week in June has been set aside as National CPR & AED Awareness Week. In the time it will take you to read this, sudden Cardiac Arrest will have claimed another victim. Statistics have shown that more than 300,000 Americans die of Sudden Cardiac Arrest every year. As many ass 50,000 could have been prevented if someone at the scene would have initiated CPR early and an AED had been available. Every minute that passes, without the use of an AED reduces the likelihood of recovery by as much as 10%.
A majority of these Cardiac Arrests happen at home. That is why here at CRESA along with our partners at American Red Cross have a vision of one person in every household being trained in First Aid and CPR lifesaving skills. CPR should be a standard skill of all persons.
The American Heart Association has even taken a step further and along with the beat of the 70's Disco Classic 'Stayin Alive" by the Bee Gees, almost anyone can remember and learn CPR to assist someone when CPR may be needed. Almost everyone has heard this catchy tune which has 103 beats per minute, about the perfect rhythm needed in performing CPR. All generations can relate to this song, and once its in your head, its hard to get out.
Over the month of June, you will continually see more information around the area on CPR trainings being offered. We encourage you to seek out and take part in this Campaign and lets do our part in making sure the residents of Clark County keep "Stayin Alive."