Every Second Counts in Sudden Cardiac Arrest

June 1-7, 2018 is designated as National CPR and AED Awareness Week.

The American Red Cross, along with other National Cardiac Arrest Collaborative members, is stressing that every second counts in cardiac arrest.

You can save a life by knowing how to perform CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED). Sudden cardiac arrest claims the lives of thousands of people in this country every year. During sudden cardiac arrest, the heart suddenly stops beating, which stops blood flow to the brain and other vital organs.

“Many sudden cardiac arrest victims die before getting to a hospital, so every second counts,” said Regional Chief Executive Officer for the Cascades Region, Candace Horter. “You can make a difference and save lives by learning a few simple steps.”

The Red Cross offers several different options to learn these lifesaving skills. One is to attend in-person classes held at convenient locations with hands-on training from experienced instructors. Another option is online and blended training, which is a combination of hands-on training with online content. Several courses are OSHA compliant. Check with your employer to find out whether a class would fulfill a job requirement.  Additional course and registration information is available at redcross.org/takeaclass

The Red Cross also helps individuals and organizations purchase AEDs, accessories, and service and maintenance plans.          

If you opt for hands-on training, you’ll be able to practice your skills on the new state-of-the-art BigRed™ LightSaving Manikin. The manikin is equipped with three interrelated sets of lights that provide immediate feedback on how well you are performing CPR. Using proper technique will show blood circulating from the heart to the brain, which improves a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival. Our free Red Cross First Aid App provides you with instant access on how to perform Hands-Only CPR and information on sudden cardiac arrest, heart attacks and other emergencies. You can save lives and make your household, workplace and community safer by getting trained.