The CPR Ready Campaign
Last year, more than 1,100 people died from sudden cardiac arrest in Philadelphia alone. Many of them died because someone wasn't trained or willing to perform CPR. In Philadelphia, the percentage of people who received bystander CPR is 20.3%, which is half the national average of 40.6%. Hands-only CPR can double or even triple a victim's chance of survival. With the proper education and training, we can significantly increase CPR awareness and cardiac arrest survival rates.
Goals of CPR Ready
- Improve the survival rate of people who experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrest by energizing and expanding existing resources and programs.
- Double the number of people who are knowledgeable about and willing to perform bystander CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) when available.
- Triple the current rate of bystander CPR in Philadelphia, and achieve a 60% rate for the 5-county region.
- Teach CPR/AED education in at least half of the middle and high schools in the Philadelphia region in the next 3 years with a long-term goal of all of regional middle and high schools.