CPR & AED Awareness

Learn How to Save a Life

It's important to spotlight CPR & AED Awareness for all Americans to educate and inform on how lives can be saved if more people learn CPR and how to use an AED.

Each year, more than 350,000 EMS-assessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby. According to the American Heart Association, about 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.

If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love.

The importance is on the willingness of bystanders to act in a cardiac arrest emergency. Did you know about 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes? If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love. Be the difference for your parent, spouse, child, family-member, friend or co-worker. What if it were you?

Take 90 Seconds to learn how to save a life. Visit www.heart.org/handsonlycpr to watch the Hands-Only CPR instructional video and share it with the important people in your life. Hands-Only CPR is a natural introduction to CPR, and the AHA encourages everyone to learn conventional CPR as a next step. You can find a CPR class near you at www.heart.org/findacourse.

Awareness Campaigns

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EMS Week

The AHA wants to remind you that EMS Week is a week dedicated to celebrating all EMS providers. Show your support for all EMS providers this week and use the hashtag #EMSWeek to share a story of the exceptional EMS provider that you know or to thank them for their service.

CPR & AED Awareness Week

June 1-7 each year is National CPR and AED Awareness Week, spotlighting how lives can be saved if more Americans know CPR and how to use an AED. If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love. Be the difference for your parent, spouse, or child. What if it were them?

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Nurses Week

To celebrate Nurses Week, the AHA wants to remind you to thank a nurse in your life. We recognize the hard work nurses do every day in our communities and their commitment to help save lives every day. We take this week to celebrate nurses, but We HEART Nurses everyday for the work they do. Use the hashtag #WeHEARTNurses to share a story of the exceptional nurse that you know or to thank a nurse who has made an impact on your life.