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National CPR-AED Awareness Week: Get Trained Now


Sudden cardiac arrest claims the lives of thousands of people in this country every year. To commemorate National CPR/AED Awareness Week, June 1-7, the American Red Cross urges everyone to get trained in how to perform CPR and use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to be able to help during an emergency situation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart suddenly stops beating, resulting in no blood flow to the brain and other vital organs. A very high percentage of people who suffer sudden cardiac arrest die before reaching the hospital. However if people are trained and able to help, they increase the person’s chance of survival.

The Red Cross recommends that at least one person in every household and place of business receive training in CPR and proper use of an AED. This training can give them the knowledge and confidence to respond during an emergency situation with skills that can help save a life.

Nearly 2.3 million people a year take Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED training. Whether you want to be able to help a loved one at home, help someone in your work place, or use your training professionally, Red Cross can give you the knowledge and skills to be able to help.

The Red Cross offers several different opportunities to receive training. One is to attend in-person classes held at convenient locations with hands-on training from experienced instructors. Online and blended (combining hands-on training with online content) offerings are also available. Check with your employer as to what class you need if you are taking training to fulfill a job requirement.

It can take emergency personnel precious minutes to arrive on the scene. For every minute without defibrillation, a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s chance of surviving drops. It is critical for as many people as possible to be trained to perform CPR and know how to use an AED until advanced help arrives. If you are interested in getting trained, see more information on Red Cross classes and get trained now.

The Red Cross can help you or your organization with facilitating the purchase of an AED, accessories, and service and maintenance plans.

You can also download the free Red Cross First Aid App for instant access to expert advice wherever and whenever you need it.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.