Did you know sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of adult death in this country and that most cardiac arrests happen in someone’s home? During CPR/AED Awareness Week (June 1-7), the American Red Cross encourages people to take CPR/AED training to learn how to respond should someone suffer cardiac arrest.
The ability to perform CPR and to know how to use an automatic external defibrillator can make a lifesaving difference when someone suffers a cardiac or breathing emergency. Here are a few stories from people who know how important that knowledge can be:
One week after 17-year-old Reid Heiser, Monroe, Michigan, completed his Red Cross CPR training, he needed to use it. Heiser saved the life of Jim Hammer after he collapsed at the recreation center where he worked. Now friends, they share their story.
Tim Lichenwald works in a factory in Newark, California. While he was working a trucker suffered a heart attack. Tim found him to be unresponsive and without a pulse. He performed CPR for seven minutes before emergency personnel arrived. They were able to shock the man back to life and he survived.
Lauren Kloepher is from the New Orleans area. One day while swimming she suddenly heard a scream for help and saw Tasmin sink into the water. She helped rescue him from the water and started checking his vital signs as someone else called 9-1-1. Finding Tasmin not breathing and not having a pulse, Lauren administered CPR with the emergency personnel coaching her over the phone. Tasmin survived.
Montika Collins, a mother and nursing student from the Tulsa, Oklahoma area, was attending a pool party one Fourth of July with her family when a friend noticed a child lying still at the bottom of the pool. Montika reached down and pulled the child from the water. She immediately began administering CPR. The youngster survived.
Robert Pauly was at his gym in Madison, Wisconsin when he spotted a man lying face-down next to his treadmill. Pauly turned him over and discovered he wasn’t breathing. He called for someone to dial 9-1-1, a nurse grabbed the AED and he and another woman began to administer CPR. They shocked the man once, before emergency personnel arrived. He survived the heart attack. The hospital told Pauly the man would have suffered brain damage or died if not for the help he provided.
Every year the Red Cross trains millions of people in CPR and how to use an AED. Communities are safer across the country because people are trained in these lifesaving techniques. Red Cross training and certification meets the needs of workplace responders, professional rescuers, school staff and healthcare providers as well as the general public. Online and in-class courses are offered. Training is available for those requiring OSHA-compliant certification and those who don’t.
For more information or to find a class year you, visit the CPR and AED Certification information on this web site.
People can also download the Red Cross First Aid App to put lifesaving information right in the palm of their hands. The app is available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.