November 5-9, 2018: CPR/AED Drill Week

WHEREAS, sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) affects men, women, and children of every age and race in Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, the timely usage of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and an automated external defibrillator (AED) can substantially increase the chances of survival for an individual suffering a SCA; and,

WHEREAS, a SCA victim’s chances of survival greatly increase with the use of CPR within one minute of collapse and an AED within 3-5 minutes; and,

WHEREAS, cardiac emergency drills promote preparedness for sudden cardiac emergencies and can prevent future deaths associated with SCA; and,

WHEREAS, a school’s MI HEARTSafe School designation means it has a written emergency response plan and routinely practices a cardiac emergency response drill; and,

WHEREAS, at least three Michigan residents have been saved in MI HEARTSafe Schools because of prompt utilization of CPR/AED and an immediate call to 9-1-1; and,

WHEREAS, the regular practice of CPR/AED drills prepares Michigan students and school personnel for a sudden cardiac emergency thus helping to protect Michiganders and raise awareness for sudden cardiac death across the state; and,

WHEREAS, the Michigan Alliance for Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death of the Young (MAP-SCDY) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services join together a coalition of advocacy organizations, state agencies, charitable foundations, medical experts, and healthcare companies to encourage schools to meet MI HEARTSafe School program criteria and practice regular CPR/AED drills;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 5-9, 2018 as CPR/AED Drill Week in Michigan.