BBB- CPR/AED Week and National Safety Month Reminder

June 08, 2017

Thomas Johnson,                                                                                              
Director of Public and Board Relations,                          
BBB Serving Chicago & Northern Illinois        , 312-245-2643

Judith Ruiz-Branch,
PR & Community Outreach Coordinator,
BBB Serving Chicago & Northern Illinois, 312-245-2516


BBB Reminds You to Be Prepared for a Sudden Health Crisis 
During AED/CRP Awareness Week & National Safety Month 

CHICAGO - June 8, 2017 - Sudden Cardiac Arrest can happen to anyone! In recognition of CPR/AED (automated external defibrillator) Awareness week and National Safety Month, BBB wants to stress the importance of businesses being prepared and equipped in times of a health crisis.

Sudden cardiac arrest claims the lives of approximately 1,300 people each day in the U.S., according to Cardio Partner Resources, a BBB accredited business certified by the American Heart Association to conduct CPR/AED workplace trainings.

“With my many years of experience of EMS I knew the importance of CPR training and early defibrillation,” said Brian Leonard, training division and national accounts director at Cardio Partner Resources. “It became a personal passion when my father died of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of death in the U.S. and the current survival rate is only 5%. By simply training employees in CPR and deploying an AED, survival rates can raise as high as 75%.”

During this week each year, CPR/AED classes and demonstrations are conducted, events are hosted and educational information is distributed on the importance of being trained in CPR and AED use. It’s also National Safety Month and the National Safety Council recommends before heading to the pool or beach this summer, making sure everyone knows how to swim and someone in the group has been trained in First Aid and CPR. For information on CPR and AED training programs in your area, visit

Cardio Partner Resources team of certified experts provide CPR and AED training, equipping trainees with all the necessary tools to implement a successful AED and First Aid program, which includes automated AED machines that walk users through all required steps of resuscitation.  

Steve Bernas, president and CEO of Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois says “The greatest asset of any company is its employees, and having several of our staff go through the potential life-saving training offered by Cardio Partner Resources and installing a AED Unit in our headquarters is something everyone in our company values for their security and well being.” 

“There is no misusing this thing, it talks to you, it tells you what to do, it’s amazing,” said Kelly McClellan, Human Resources Manager at BBB serving Chicago and Northern Illinois, who participated in the training along with seven of her coworkers.

"For me personally the training was very beneficial, I have 6 children and 6.5 grandchildren, elderly grandparents and a father-in-law who has a heart condition. I feel I'm best prepared now... I think everyone should get trained," she said.  

Over 350,000 people suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests each year in the U.S. and only 10% of them survive, according to Survival depends on getting CPR immediately from a bystander within the first few minutes following cardiac arrest, before first responders arrive.

BBB encourages you to get trained. It’s the only way to be prepared.


ABOUT CARDIO PARTNER RESOURCES: Cardio Partner Resources is a national training center for the American Heart Association with a network of over 350 qualified instructors nationwide. Our clients range from some of the largest national corporations with multiple locations, to local companies with one location. We customize each AED and training program to meet our client’s budgets, needs and expectations. We understand that each client has specific needs and never hard sell an AED brand or a solution; instead Cardio Partners works with the client in determining the best solution for them.

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