The State of Illinois

The State of Illinois

Overall health rank: 30th

Overview: Illinois, also as known as "The Land of Lincoln", has a mix of rural with a few very densely populated urban areas. The different environments requires the need for more first responders trained in CPR and AED use. This is due to the individual needs of the densely populated cities like Chicago in Cook county in contrast to the 1,664,529 people living within rural regions scattered throughout the state. Illinois has above average rates of overweight or obese individuals and smokers. The state ranks high in deaths due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), coronary artery disease (CAD), diabetes and stroke.


Illinois United States rank or average
Total population: 12,875,255 313,914,040 (1st)
Males (% of total population): 49% 49%
Females (% of total population): 51% 51%
Births: 165,200 5th
Deaths: 99,931 7th
Life expectancy: 78.8 28th
Age distribution within population  
18 years old and under: 26% 25%
19-64 years old: 61% 61%
65-74 years old: 7% 8%
Over 75 years old: 5% 6%
Number of hospitals: 189 5th
Rural population (% of total): 13% 16.4%
Health insurance (% of total)  
Uninsured: 20% 16%
Medicaid: 17% 16%
13%Medicare: 13% 13%
Employer based: 50% 49%

The above average rates of obesity and smoking are main contributors of chronic diseases like heart disease and stroke which rank as the number one and three leading causes of death to the citizens of Illinois. Obesity and smoking will increase the number of individuals with heart disease and who may suffer a stroke in the years a head. Thus,the total number of deaths from sudden cardiac arrest will rise from the current 21,924. Illinois has enacted the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program that focuses on six priorities . One important priority is improving response time and that is where you can make a difference by receiving the necessary training and certification in CPR and AED use.

Medical Statistics

Illinois United States rank or average
Adult overweight/obesity rate (% of total population): 64.1% 63.3%
Adult smoking prevalence (%): 20.9% 20.1%
Infant death rate per 1000 live births: 7.1 28th
Drowning death rate per 100,000 people: 0.81 – 1.16 1.29
Overdose death rate per 100,000 people: 10.5 11.9
Coronary artery disease death rate per 100,000 people: 118.1 33rd
Diabetes death rate per 100,000 people: 20.5 26th
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) death rate per 100,000 people: 37.3 – 43.3 40.8
Stroke death rate per 100,000 people: 57.2 27th
Total number of deaths a year due to sudden cardiac arrest: 21,924 295,000

26.4% of all total deaths in Illinois were due to heart disease and 5.9% of all total deaths were due tostroke. Illinois adults have reported the following risk factors for heart disease and stroke:

28.0% had high blood pressure

36.3% of those screened reported having high blood cholesterol

8.8% had diabetes

51.3% reported no exercise in the prior 30 days

75.4% ate fruit and vegetables less than 5 times a day

Illinois state laws and statutes regarding AED

An AED should be used only by trained AED users. A trained AED user is not liable for civil damages as a result of any act or omission involving the use of an AED in an emergency situation, except for misconduct, if the requirements are met.

BLS, CPR and AED related news stories

August 22, 2010 - "9 Year Old Hero Saves Drowning Brother"

A 2 year old was found by his mother and older brother face down floating in family pool. The mother pulls her son out of the pool who is now turned blue and she begins to panic. Though she is trained to preform CPR, the panicking mother is called to stop by the 9 year old, who also knows the life saving procedure, and calmly he begins to administer it to his unresponsive brother. The 2 year old coughs up water and breathing resumes.

July 13, 2011 - "Life Saved During Hinsdale Parade Shows Importance of CPR"

During a morning parade, one of the members of the group collapsed. Fortunately,theparade float that followed carried physicians and nurses from a local hospital. A police officer nearby luckily was carrying an AED which was used to save the parade member's life.


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