This week marks National CPR/AED Awareness Week!
Now, for some people, your reaction might be, “Okay….and?” Getting trained in CPR and how to use an AED (automated external defibrillator) might not seem like something to set aside a whole week for, but it really is. These two lifesaving techniques are extremely important to help people who are suffering a cardiac emergency — it could be your co-worker or wife, your brother or your neighbor.
We wanted to share some quick facts with you that might help put some perspective around this big topic.
- It’s estimated that on average it takes 8-10 minutes for first responders (9-1-1) to reach a victim.
- In a cardiac emergency, for every minute that defibrillation is delayed, the chance of survival is reduced by 10%.
- Sudden cardiac arrest claims the lives of more than 300,000 people in the U.S. each year
For more information about taking a training course, buying an AED, or setting up workplace training, call our office at (616) 456-8661 or click here.