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National CPR and AED Awareness Week

In an emergency medical situation, a quick response is critical. In many cases – particularly with unexpected cardiac arrest – persons who are prepared with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training and know how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) can help save lives. In fact, early intervention with CPR or defibrillation can increase survival rates as high as 60% in some estimates.

During the week of June 1-7, Red Cross chapters across the country will be hosting CPR classes, demonstrations, and events centered on the importance of CPR and AED training. These programs help prepare individuals for emergency situations with hands-on CPR training and instruction for using defibrillators. Courses run from two to five hours in length, and certification is issued upon successful completion. Certification lasts two years; individuals can consult free online refresher courses provided by the Red Cross before renewing their certificate.

You can increase the odds of saving a life during a cardiac emergency by learning the five links in the “chain of survival:”

  1. Immediate recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system;
  2. Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with an emphasis on chest compressions;
  3. Rapid defibrillation;
  4. Effective advanced life support; and,
  5. Integrated post-cardiac arrest care.

You can also prepare for an emergency by knowing basic life support skills and having a response plan for the home.  Additionally, families can order an Infant CPR Anytime program kit to learn core skills for relief of choking and infant CPR techniques.

There’s no better time to learn these emergency response skills than during CPR and AED Awareness Week. A variety of CPR classes are available to the workplace and general public – including MPTC CPR/First Responder New Instructor Courses – so find the closest location near you and sign-up today!

Let us know in the comments if you are planning to participate in CPR training during the week, or tweet us @MassGov

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