Save lives by knowing how to use CPR and an AED

Person performing CPR

The first week of June is National CPR and AED Awareness Week and a good reminder to get trained on both of these life-savers.

Did you know that sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.? Did you also know that about 80 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen at home, yet only about 30 percent of Americans know how to administer CPR and have recent training on it?

That is why the American Red Cross and National Cardiac Arrest Collaborative members are trying to spread the message that every second counts in cardiac arrest, and that people can save lives by knowing how to perform CPR and use an AED.

Although National CPR and AED Awareness Week is nearly over, it is never too late to sign up for an AED and CPR certification class, spread awareness, and encourage others to get AED- and CPR-certified. Not only is it important to get certified, but it is crucial to continue to get re-certified, since studies have shown that memory of CPR skills and knowledge tend to deteriorate as early as three months after training.

The Risk Management & Insurance department at CSU offers CPR, AED, and First Aid training courses throughout the year. You may visit their website at to sign up for an American Red Cross Adult, Child & Infant CPR, AED, and First Aid course to get CPR- and AED-certified. The website has more information on dates, times, and prices of these courses as well as online training portions. You may also follow the department on Twitter (@CSUAED) and like it on Facebook (CSU AED & CPR Program) for more information regarding CPR and AED news.

If you have any additional questions regarding AED and CPR information, email

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