Sen. Lisa Baker offered floor remarks recognizing June 1 through 7, 2019, as “National Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Awareness Week” in the Commonwealth to spotlight how lives can be saved if more Americans know CPR and how to use an AED.
Almost 300,000 casualties of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest are treated each year in the U.S, with less than eight percent surviving. Less than one-third of out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest casualties receive bystander CPR. Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. Clearly, time and proper technique are of the essence and can literally save the life of a sudden cardiac arrest victim.