It’s that time again! It is National AED/CPR Awareness Week. Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the nation’s largest killer and can happen to anyone. It kills more people annually than AIDS, breast cancer and strokes. Over 300,000 people die annually from SCA and approximately 95% of these victims never reach a hospital in time. Just how prepared are you in case of an emergency?
How can you tell if someone is having a heart attack? When sudden cardiac arrest occurs, the victim collapses, becomes unresponsive to gentle shaking, stops normal breathing and after two rescue breaths, still isn’t breathing normally, coughing or moving.
How can you or your organization be more prepared?
- Learn CPR! By immediately giving CPR to a cardiac arrest victim, you can double their chance of survival. The logic is simple; the more number of people who learn how to perform CPR, the more lives can be saved. There are plenty of ways to learn CPR, including online or instructor led (and blended courses).
- Purchasing an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is the best life insurance policy anyone can buy, increasing survival rates from 10% to over 60% — IF an AED is used within the first 2-4 minutes after a victim suffers from SCA and collapses. Contact Think Safe for a distributor nearest you and for pricing on these devices that can be bought for around $1,000-$1,500.
You may think this won’t happen to anyone you know or yourself, but think again. SCA is the leading cause of death in the United States. It could happen to any one of us, no matter what age, race, or gender. It does not discriminate!
Even President and CEO of Think Safe, Paula Wickham, has been hit close to home. Her cousin, (in her late 30’s) Tracy Hjelle- College Softball Coach, suffered a coronary artery dissection in the summer of 2012 while boarding a bus for a Luther College softball game. Luther Head Trainer Kris Agena, catcher Kelsey Kittleson, and outfielder Shari Huber, were quick to perform CPR. With the help of an AED, Tracy’s life was saved! Find out more about this young woman’s story…
You don’t really notice how significant the reality of these statistics is until it affects your personal life. It starts putting things into perspective to be prepared and get informed. Don’t become educated or take action after it is too late!
In honor of National AED/CPR Awareness week, Think Safe is offering free customized online AED Training Access to those who email or call and reference the CPR/AED Week Promo code: AED4ME. Hurry, the offer is for a limited time only.
To take advantage of this special offer and find out more about AED programs or CPR and AED training, contact Think Safe at 888-473-1777 or complete the following form. We are here to help!