Since 2007, Congress has declared the first week in June as National CPR and AED Awareness Week.
It is absolutely essential that people know the difference between a heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest, and how to properly respond to each scenario.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest strikes about 360,000 people annually and less than 10 percent of SCA victims survive. SCA victims can only survive without CPR and defibrillation for about 10 minutes. Nationwide the application and use of an AED, or “call to shock” times vary, but even in even the optimum situation, emergency medical technicians are unlikely to be on-site within 10 minutes.
The key to survival for a SCA victim is through a prompt and skilled response by a witness or responder, who has obtained proper CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) training.
I encourage every single person to participate in a CPR and AED class. They will then have the knowledge and confidence to assist victim’s of SCA.
They will also have the ability to make the difference between life and death.