Hawaii Red Cross Celebrates National CPR/AED Awareness Week

HONOLULU (KHNL) --  The Hawaii Red Cross is celebrating the first National CPR/AED Awareness Week, June 1-7, by encouraging everyone to learn CPR and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator.

Red Cross officials say learning these important skills can possibly mean the difference between life and death for someone suffering from Sudden Cardiac Arrest or other medical emergency.

"On an average, it takes emergency personnel 10 minutes to arrive on scene," said Coralie Chun Matayoshi, CEO of the Hawaii State Chapter.  "For someone who is choking or has stopped breathing, that may be too late.  By learning these simple rescue skills, you can go from being a helpless bystander to a person with the ability to take control and help someone during an emergency."

The Hawaii Red Cross offers CPR and AED classes regularly.  For a list of classes, click on the Hawaii Red Cross link.