The CPR Ready Campaign

In 2015, more than 1,100 people died from sudden cardiac arrest in Philadelphia alone. Most of them died because someone wasn't trained or willing to perform CPR. The percentage of people who received bystander CPR in Philadelphia is 15.0%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 39.9%. 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

  1. Improve the survival rate of people who experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrest by energizing and expanding existing resources and programs.
  2. Double the number of people who are knowledgeable about and willing to perform bystander CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) when available.
  3. Triple the current use of bystander CPR.
  4. Teach CPR/AED education in at least half of the middle and high schools in the Philadelphia region in the next 3 years.
  5. Long-term goal: CPR/AED education and AEDs in all of our middle and high schools.
Contact the CPR Ready Coordinating Center at: