Press release submitted by American Red Cross of the Quad Cities Area|
Every year more than 300,000 Americans will die of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. To put that number in perspective, it is more lives lost to Sudden Cardiac Arrest than to breast cancer, prostate cancer, AIDS, traffic accidents, house fires and handgun crimes COMBINED. Up to 50,000 of these deaths can be prevented if someone is trained and has the confidence to act.
CPR and defibrillation, using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can increase long term survival rates by as much as 50% if performed within 3-5 minutes of collapse.
The American Red Cross annually recognizes June 1-7 as AED Awareness Week. During this week, the Red Cross urges member of the community to sign up for this critical training. Red Cross CPR, AED, and First Aid programs are designed to train lay responders to overcome any reluctance to act in emergency situations and to recognize and care for life-threatening respiratory or cardiac emergencies.
AED Awareness Week serves as a reminder to our community that when training, preparedness and decisive action happen – Lives are saved.
Businesses around the Quad Cities Area are committing to making their workplaces safe by equipping their buildings and training their staff to respond to emergencies. Lane and Waterman, LLP is one Quad Cities business that made the important decision to install an AED in their office. Stan Kabat, Administrator, explained that it is a priority for the firm to ensure that the building is a safe place for their attorneys, staff, clients and visitors. "It seems like a small investment that can make a huge difference and save someone's life." Kabat said. Through the firm's relationship with the Red Cross they learned about other businesses that had installed AEDs and lives that had been saved as a result. Stan is proud that in an event of an emergency at Lane and Waterman, they will be prepared to respond.
Brad Miller, Account Manager for the American Red Cross, works with local businesses and organizations to determine their safety needs and how the Red Cross can help by providing training and facilitating the placement of AEDs throughout the workplace.
For questions related to employee training or purchasing an AED, please contact Brad at (309) 277-4008. To find out more about Red Cross trainings, visit www.redcross.org.
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