Are You CPR Trained?
June 1-7 of each year has been designated by Congress as CPR and Public Access Defibrillator (AED) Awareness Week to
spotlight how lives can be saved if more Americans know CPR and how to use an AED. In the declaration, Congress asked states and municipalities to make AEDs more publicly accessible.
North Shore Fire/Rescue has made CPR and AED Awareness one of its top public education campaign topics throughout the entire year. CPR/AED classes and demonstrations are conducted, events are hosted and educational information is distributed on the importance of being trained in CPR and AED use. 2017 is the first year that CPR training has been mandated by the State of Wisconsin for all high school graduates.
North Shore Fire/Rescue continues to offer our support to school districts in the North Shore to provide CPR training. This week, the Department assisted with training at Whitefish Bay High School.
The Department and the Milwaukee County Emergency Medical Services System are striving to increase the number of cardiac arrest victims that receive bystander CPR and AED care prior to the arrival of emergency medical responders in an effort to increase survivability. Currently 24.2% of cardiac arrest victims in Milwaukee County receive bystander CPR, whereas other metro areas report 40% of victims receive bystander CPR in their metro areas. 8% of cardiac arrest victims in Milwaukee County are connected to an AED by a bystander, whereas other metro areas report 11.7% of victims are connected to an AED by a bystander.