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National CPR and AED Awareness Week

June 1-7 is designated as National CPR and AED Awareness Week. Along with other National Cardiac Arrest Collaborative members, the American Red Cross is stressing that every second counts in cardiac arrest and that people can save lives by knowing how to perform CPR and use an AED.

Did you know that sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in this country and that most cardiac arrests happen at home? Would you know what to do if someone needed help?

Every year the Red Cross trains millions of people in CPR and how to use an AED. A variety of online, blended (online content with in-class skills session) and instructor-led classroom training offerings are available. Red Cross training and certification meets the needs of workplace responders, professional rescuers, school staff and healthcare providers as well as the general public. Several courses are OSHA compliant. Check with your employer as to what class you need if you are taking training to fulfill a job requirement.

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About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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