National CPR and AED Awareness Week

Denise Howard of the Emergency Care and Safety Institute, which coordinated and sponsored the 2010 National Scout Jamboree CPR and AED mass training event (more than 3,500 Scouts and Scouters were trained in one day) reminds us that since 2008, Congress has designated the first week of June as National CPR and AED Awareness Week. It highlights the importance of learning how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED), and increasing public access to AEDs.

The fourth annual National CPR and AED Awareness Week will run from June 1-7, and all Scouts are encouraged to learn the basics of how to administer CPR and operate an AED if they have not done so already.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of Americans suffer from sudden cardiac arrest, yet very few of these victims receive CPR from bystanders. However, those who do receive CPR can see their chances of survival double or triple. For this reason, it is important that each Scout learns these important life-saving skills and can put them to use in their own communities if ever called upon.