June is CPR and AED Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about the life-saving potential of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) can strike anyone, anytime, anywhere, and immediate intervention is crucial. Understanding and spreading awareness about CPR and AEDs can dramatically improve survival rates and save lives.

The Urgency of Cardiac Arrest

Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death worldwide. In the United States alone, approximately 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur each year. Unfortunately, the survival rate for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest remains dismally low, with only about 10% of victims surviving. The first few minutes following a cardiac arrest are critical; without immediate intervention, a victim’s chance of survival decreases by 7-10% with each passing minute.

The Power of CPR

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a life-saving technique that can keep blood and oxygen flowing to the brain and other vital organs until more advanced medical help arrives. CPR can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival if administered promptly and correctly.

Key Statistics:

  • Immediate CPR: When bystanders perform CPR immediately after cardiac arrest, it can double or triple the chances of survival.
  • Bystander CPR: Despite its importance, only about 46% of cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR.

The Impact of AEDs

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are portable devices that can diagnose and treat cardiac arrest by delivering an electric shock to restore a normal heart rhythm. AEDs are designed to be user-friendly, enabling even untrained bystanders to potentially save a life.

Key Statistics:

  • Survival Rates with AED Use: When an AED is used within the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, the survival rate can be as high as 70%. These rates can increase even more if an AED is used within the first one minute.
  • Public Access AEDs: The presence of AEDs in public spaces is crucial, as studies show that cardiac arrest victims are more likely to survive when AEDs are available and used promptly.

The Importance of Awareness and Training

Despite the proven benefits of CPR and AEDs, there is still a significant gap in public awareness and training. Many people are hesitant to perform CPR or use an AED due to fear of causing harm or lack of confidence in their ability to perform the techniques correctly. Education and training can help overcome these barriers and empower more people to act in emergency situations.

Training Benefits:

  • Increased Confidence: Training courses provide hands-on experience, boosting confidence and competence in performing CPR and using AEDs.
  • Community Preparedness: Widespread training can create a network of prepared individuals, improving overall community readiness to handle cardiac emergencies.

How You Can Help

  1. Get Trained: Enroll in a CPR/AED certification course offered by Emergency And Safety Trainers, LLC. We offer on-site trainings at businesses and offer low stress, low intimidation CPR parties for family and friends at your own home. Call 314-596-2497 to schedule a class today.
  2. Raise Awareness: Spread the word about the importance of CPR and AEDs within your community. Share information, organize training sessions, and advocate for AED installations in public places.
  3. Support Legislation: Advocate for laws and regulations that require AEDs in schools, sports facilities, and other public areas.


CPR and AED Awareness Month is a crucial reminder of the life-saving power we all hold in our hands. By educating ourselves and others, we can improve survival rates for cardiac arrest victims and make our communities safer. Take the time this June to learn CPR, understand how to use an AED, and spread awareness. You could be the difference between life and death for someone in need.

Remember, every second counts in a cardiac emergency, and your actions can save a life.