Each year, the first responder community celebrates CPR & AED Week. The federal designation to observe a week of CPR and AED awareness was enacted on December 13, 2007. This resolution passed unanimously through Congress, and since then, the dates
of June 1-7 have been used to highlight the life-saving benefits of knowing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).
The Emergency Care & Safety Institute (ECSI) helps thousands of instructors teach
CPR effectively to well over 100,000 potential responders each year. This week, we acknowledge these trainers—very often public safety practitioners themselves—and the critical skills they help build among the population.
But we also want to acknowledge that CPR & AED Week is really for anyone eager to expand their knowledge on CPR, a critical and lifesaving procedure. CPR training, at its core, is ultimately about providing people with the information they need to
be ready if they are in proximity to someone experiencing a cardiac event. Read on to learn why CPR and CPR training continue to be critical tools for the advancement of public health.
Cardiac Arrest Can Impact Anyone
Just as anyone can learn and apply appropriate CPR techniques with proper guidance, anyone can suffer a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Many factors can contribute to SCA, defined as when the heart suddenly stops beating. While certain factors do play a
role—age, general health, or a history of cardiac incidents—these episodes can be somewhat unpredictable.
Though SCA is rare in the young, it impacts 1,000 people of all ages every day in the United States. Based on the most
recent data, over 7,000 children experience SCA annually.
CPR Saves Lives
It is a simple constant: CPR saves lives. When a person goes into cardiac arrest, their survival depends on receiving CPR from someone nearby. It’s a sad fact that about 90% of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially
if performed immediately, can double or even triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.
The more people that can learn the best practices of CPR and increase SCA victims’ chances of survival, the better.
Learning Basic CPR Is Easier Than Most Think
Teaching to the latest safety guidelines and standards while keeping our content accessible to a broad public is something ECSI takes seriously.
For those looking to acquire life-saving information and who are not necessarily in need of certification, use code CPRWK22 and ECSI will take 50% off of list price for all CPR & AED online courses through June 30. This is a great, affordable way to learn CPR online and on your own schedule.