Eastside Fire & Rescue, Red Cross urge CPR preparedness

June 6, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 3 p.m. June 6, 2011

For National CPR and AED Awareness Week, Eastside Fire & Rescue and the American Red Cross encourage residents to consider CPR training.

Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for 165,000 out-of-hospital deaths each year. Only 7.9 percent of people survive sudden cardiac arrest. Overall, less than one-third of the afflicted people received CPR from a bystander.

In many cases, effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.  Time is crucial and ,unless CPR is provided within minutes of collapse, the victim has very little chance of survival. Performing CPR before emergency personnel arrive can make the difference between life and death.

EFR holds monthly CPR classes; the next class is scheduled for June 11. Stop by any EFR station to enroll.

Moreover, the Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED program is designed to help lay responders, such as parents, teachers, daycare providers and employees recognize and respond to cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies. Participants learn how to give immediate care to a suddenly injured or ill person until more advanced medical personnel arrive.

“The majority of cardiac arrests happen in the home or workplace so it is likely you could be helping someone you know,” Sonia Nurske, instructional programs manager for the local Red Cross, said in a news release. “Now is a great time to take a class, so you can be ready to respond. The Red Cross recently updated its curriculum with the latest life-saving techniques.”

Call 206.726.3534 or 360.377.3761, ext. 13534, or visit www.seattleredcross.org or www.redcrosswashington.org to register for a Red Cross CPR class.

National CPR and AED Awareness Week runs through Tuesday.

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