05/18/09 193 W - + 14 - 13 Wake EMS Marks National EMS Week with Survivor Ceremony and Open House

During National EMS Week, May 17 to May 23, the Wake County Emergency Medical System celebrates achievements that show dramatic strides in cardiac arrest care. Recently completed data from 2008 shows that Wake’s EMS System successfully resuscitated 58 people, an increase from 49 patients saved in 2007.

These accomplishments are celebrated tonight at the Cardiac Arrest Save Ceremony, May 18, at 6:30 p.m., at the Fletcher Opera Theater, in the Progress Energy Center for Performing Arts. Media members are invited to attend as Wake County emergency responders and 2008 cardiac arrest survivors celebrate the achievements of the Cardiac Saves program and the efforts of the emergency medical care system.

The public is invited to tour Wake County’s main EMS station on Wednesday, May 20, from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., located at 121 W. Davie Street in downtown Raleigh. Visitors will get a firsthand look at the County’s cutting-edge EMS equipment. Also at the event are Wake County EMS partners WakeWise Wellness and Wake County Human Services Health Promotion, providing important information on preventing heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke. The event is free.

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