News | June 02, 2008

Make AEDs Accessible is Message of National CPR/AED Week

May 3, 2008 – The first annual National CPR/AED Awareness Week, from June 1-7, will focus on how lives can be saved if more Americans know cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use an automated external defibrillator (AED), and Congress is asking states and municipalities to make AEDs more publicly accessible.

During this week, Red Cross chapters across the country will conduct CPR/AED classes and demonstrations, host events and provide educational information on the importance of CPR and AED training. Red Cross joins the American Heart Association and National Safety Council in recognizing the significance of this week.

The American Red Cross training in CPR and proper use of an AED can provide people with the knowledge and confidence to respond during an emergency situation with skills that can help save a life. Red Cross recommends that at least one person in every household and place of business receive this training.

"American Red Cross training helps save lives at home, school and the workplace," said Scott Conner, senior vice president for American Red Cross Preparedness and Health and Safety Services. "We are committed to saving lives, one by one, and improving the quality of life in communities nationwide."

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