This year, the National CPR and AED Awareness week will take
place from June 1–7. In recognition of this week, the National Safety Council
is calling on Americans in general and NSC members in particular to learn or to
take a refresher course in CPR.
Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of age, sex or apparent level of fitness.
- Many sudden cardiac arrest victims appear healthy, with no known heart disease or risk factors associated with heart disease.
- There are almost 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests annually, 88 percent of which occur at home.
- More than 92 percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital will die from it.
- Currently, less than eight percent of people who have an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survive.
- Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chances of surviving, yet less than 1/3 of all cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR.
- In cities where defibrillation is provided within five to seven minutes after sudden cardiac arrest, the survival rate is as high as 49 percent.
you see an unresponsive adult who is not breathing or not breathing normally,
immediately call 911, get (or ask someone to get) an AED and begin to push
hard and fast on the center of the chest. If you’ve been trained in CPR,
provide two breaths after every 30 compressions and do this until the AED
arrives and is ready to use. Remember, your actions can only help.
There are two ways to get initial CPR & AED training
from the Council: take a classroom-based course or take an online course followed by
hands-on skills testing. Refresher training generally is classroom-based, but
repeating the online course is also an option. Click here
for a list of NSC
for a demonstration of NSC online training.
NSC provides every student who completes a classroom-based CPR
& AED course or a combined First Aid, CPR & AED course a DVD containing
the course content. This is an excellent way to refresh knowledge until a
refresher course can be completed.