American Red Cross celebrates National CPR/AED Awareness Week

VERO BEACH — May 30 – June 5, 2010 marks the third National CPR/AED Awareness Week. Learn the skills that could save the life of a friend, family member or co-worker. In less time than you think, American Red Cross training can give you the vital knowledge and skills to respond to a life-threatening situation with confidence. The more people who are trained – the more lives may be saved.

It is estimated that on average it takes 8 to10 minutes for first responders (9-1-1) to reach a victim. Therefore, it is essential for members of the community to be trained in lifesaving skills in order to feel comfortable performing CPR and using an AED until advanced help arrives. Studies show that for every minute defibrillation is delayed; there is an approximate 10 percent decrease in the likelihood of survival.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest claims the lives of more than 300,000 people in the U.S. each year. Knowing what to do if it happens to someone you know or love is critical to saving a life. According to statistics approximately 640 persons in Indian River County and 1200 in St. Lucie County could suffer heart attacks in the next year.

Bring a friend and Learn to save a life – Regular cost is $30 per person; bring a friend at no additional cost.  Each participant receives a manual and certification

Tuesday, June 1             5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.For more information, call (772) 562-2549

If you can not attend this event, find out how you can have the power to save a life, contact the chapter or visit our website for more information on the variety of health and safety courses offered throughout the year.

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