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May 28, 2008

How to Improve Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival Addendum to Media Release

National CPR/AED Awareness Week

People who could benefit from CPR training and/or how to use an AED:

-- Parents

-- Pool owners

-- People with family members who have a history of heart-related medical


-- People who live in high density areas (traffic and other factors could

impede emergency responders' timely arrival on the scene)

-- People who live in rural areas (emergency responders may have to travel

a long distance to reach the scene)

-- Anyone who is a potential bystander

Things a caregiver could do to prepare for an emergency cardiac situation:

-- Get CPR training

-- Learn how to use an AED

-- Ask if places where you and your family spend time, like the gym,

daycare and the workplace train their employees in CPR and have an AED


-- Make sure you know where the AED is at those locations, so you are

prepared for an emergency

-- Update your training so you get skills practice

Things a company could do to be prepared for an emergency cardiac situation:

-- Have an emergency action plan in place

-- Practice your emergency action plane

-- Train employees in CPR

-- Have an AED onsite

-- Train employees to use an AED

National CPR/AED Awareness Week

Fact Sheet

Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

-- Each year, about 310,000 coronary heart disease deaths occur

out-of-hospital or in emergency departments in the United States. Of


SOURCE American Heart Association
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