June 1-7 is National CPR & AED Awareness Week

By Sally Murdoch

Defibrillator or AED sign

It’s been a decade since Congress passed the resolution to set aside June 1-7 each year as National CPR and AED Awareness Week. The week puts a spotlight on how more lives can be saved if Americans learn simple CPR techniques and how to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). The week also encourages states and municipalities to make AEDs more publicly accessible.

Ten years ago, educating people on CPR and AEDs was important enough for Congress to pass the resolution unanimously and here’s why; According to the American Heart Association (AHA), cardiac arrest – a malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat called arrhythmia and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs – is a leading cause of death in the U.S. In fact, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually.

National CPR and AED Awareness Week

When cardiac arrest occurs outside of the hospital, survival depends on immediate CPR, and unfortunately, almost 90% of people who suffer cardiac arrests die, according to AHA statistics.

Although it ends June 7, the week commemorating CPR and AED education marks the perfect time to make sure employees know how easy CPR technique can be, and where the nearest AED is. Similar to pre-printed first aid signs, Graphic Products also has a large selection of sign blanks, including 3-Way plastic sign blanks that can have a label affixed and can easily be hung on walls or secured to a variety of surfaces so they’re seen in an instant.

Communicate Hands-Only CPR with an Echo Printer

The word on the street is that less than a third of cardiac arrest victims receive CPR, according to the AHA, because most bystanders feel helpless and worry that their efforts may actually make the situation worse. The fact of the matter is, CPR, especially if performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can increase a person’s chance of survival by two or even three times.
Graphic Products' Echo Printer prints large posters up to 36" x 46"

The thought of giving mouth-to-mouth to a coworker may be daunting, but it’s no longer necessary. Hands-Only CPR may help save lives until paramedics arrive, and it doesn’t involve mouth-to-mouth. There are only two steps; if you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of any tune that is 100 to 120 beats per minute.

While Graphic Products carries a full line of custom safety labeling and signage tools to quickly and efficiently mark where AED stations are located, the company also offers a poster printer called the Echo Printer that can scan and print large posters quickly and easily, up to size 36” x 46.” Posters are ideal for employee training and workplace reminders. The Echo can be a valuable resource to create effective safety visuals that cover Hands-Only CPR.

Echo is the only thermal poster printer in the industry with recyclable supplies. Its specially-formulated direct thermal premium paper supply is BPA free and recyclable, including its cardboard core, too. Echo’s standard supply paper provides crisp and brilliant print quality with Echo’s high-speed print heads — giving posters a dark print, a bright background, and excellent fade resistance.

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