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May 19
​Wake County EMS System Celebrates Cardiac Arrest Survivors During National EMS Week

Wake County Emergency Medical Services System will celebrate survivors of cardiac arrest with two special events to celebrate National EMS Week, May 21–27, 2017.

In 2016, Wake County EMS saved the lives of 91 people experiencing cardiac arrest. There is a 14.6 percent cardiac arrest survival rate for people treated by Wake County EMS, higher than the national average of 10.8 percent, according to the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) Program.

EMS Open House
Wake County EMS invites the public to an open house at Station 1 on Monday, May 22, from 8 a.m. to noon. The station is located at Davie and McDowell streets in downtown Raleigh.

Residents can get an up-close look at an ambulance and equipment, learn hands-only CPR, meet Pete the Paramedic Panda, and get a blood pressure check and healthy living guidance from members of the Wake County Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Team.

Code: Celebrate! 2017
The public is also invited to Wake EMS’s annual Code:Celebrate! event. Emergency responders who participated in life-saving cardiac arrest incidents will be recognized, and cardiac arrest survivors are invited to meet the responders and share their stories.

“The celebration gives us as EMS providers the chance to meet some of the survivors under much better circumstances than their cardiac arrest,” said Dr. Jose Cabanas, director of Wake County EMS. “It is so motivational for us to meet them and their families.”

The event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 23, at 7 p.m. at Meymandi Concert Hall, 2 East South St. in Raleigh. The free event will also feature local entertainment.





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