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CPR & AED Awareness Week (June 1 – Jun 7, 2022): Train for the Moments that Matter
Learn how to save a life! According to the American Red Cross, “each year, more than 350,000 EMS-assessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States…About 70% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes…When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from someone nearby. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.” Since 2018, Spokane Valley Fire Department’s (SVFD’s) cardiac arrest calls have continued to increase, from 95 in 2018, to 159 in 2021. And bystander CPR continues to increase as well, from 38 in 2018 to 62 in 2021.
Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating or when it beats ineffectively and can’t supply the brain and other organs with blood. If not treated immediately, sudden cardiac arrest can lead to death. Signs of cardiac arrest include: sudden collapse, no pulse, no breathing, and loss of consciousness. If you see someone suddenly collapse or is unconscious and not breathing normally:
Use an automatic external defibrillator (AED)
Some of you may remember CPR including mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, but did you know that Hands-Only CPR is now the norm? Sign up for one of our weekend Friends and Family CPR Classes taught by SVFD firefighters, or call (509) 928-1700. In addition to CPR, you will also learn how to use an AED.
- Julie Happy