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AHA Launches New Campaign to Increase Bystander CPR Among Latino Millennials

Video debuts with Anthem Foundation's support during National CPR & AED Awareness Week

DALLAS, TX--Latino millennials, the youngest major racial or ethnic group in the United States, take center stage in a new video released today to teach them how to save a life using Hands-Only CPR. The video, produced by the American Heart Association (AHA) in conjunction with the Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc., showcases Hands-Only CPR, a two-step, easy-to-learn lifesaving technique.

CPR Realities

Your ability to perform CPR has nothing to do with strength - it is determined by your weight, your weight distribution, the stiffness of the victim's chest, and the method of chest compression - manual (with then hands) or heel ( with the heel of the foot.)

Use of heel compression quadruples the number of people that can perform 2 inch compressions for ten minutes.

When the people who are most likely to have the opportunity to perform chest compression, it it likely that they wil most likeiy be able to do so with Heel Compressions,

Write with questions to bobt [at] slicc [dot] org



May 30th

Regional Variation in OHCA Survival in the U.S.

A peer-reviewed article utilizing CARES data entitled "Regional Variation in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Survival in the United States" was recently published in Circulation. The abstract and PubMed link can be found below. 

Although previous studies have shown marked variation in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival across U.S. regions, factors underlying this survival variation remain incompletely explained. 

May 24th

Ohio House Bill Requiring CPR Education for High School Students Heads to Governor

The Ohio House today concurred on Senate changes to Amended Substitute House Bill 113, which would require CPR training for high school students entering 9th grade for the first time starting during the 2017-2018 school year.

The legislation, sponsored by State Representatives Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) and Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville), seeks to encourage more youth to be familiar with the CPR process so they are prepared for an emergency situation.

May 12th

Arizona Is 32nd State to Offer CPR Training in Schools

Arizona is the latest state to add CPR training to the curriculum for high school students, making it the 32nd in the country.

Legislation signed Thursday by Gov. Doug Ducey offers high school students at least one CPR training session, with hands-on practice. It can be taught at school or as a homework assignment outside of class. The curriculum change goes into effect with the 2019-2020 school year.

May 9th

A Personalized Virtual Heart Predicts the Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

New technology finds patients who are more likely to face lethal arrythmias

When electrical waves in the heart run amok in a condition called arrhythmia, sudden death can occur. To save the life of a patient at risk, doctors currently implant a small defibrillator to sense the onset of arrhythmia and jolt the heart back to a normal rhythm. But a thorny question remains: How should doctors decide which patients truly need an invasive, costly electrical implant that is not without health risks of its own?

Registration Now Open for Public Workshop on Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival

Registration is now open for the National Academies of Sciences public workshop on Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival on July 11-12 in Washington, D.C. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is a meeting sponsor. More...

See attached agenda.

The meeting is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, click here



May 5th

31 States Now Require CPR Training Before High School Graduation

Thirty-one states have passed laws or adopted curriculum changes to require hands-on, guidelines-based CPR training for high school graduation. Each year, more than 1.6 million public high school graduates will have been trained in CPR. Following is a list of states as of April 2016.

42,920 graduates
Passed: 1983
Implemented: 1983
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28,540 graduates
Passed: 2013
Implemented: 2014-2015 school year
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35,540 graduates
Passed: 2015
Implemented: 2016-2017 school year 
Read law

May 3rd

Help Is Just a Phone Call Away – Telephone CPR Improves Cardiac Arrest Outcomes, UA Research Finds

PHOENIX, AZ--The implementation of a Telephone Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (TCPR) program increases survival rates and favorable outcomes for patients who experienced an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, according to a University of Arizona Department of Emergency Medicine study published online in JAMA Cardiology.

Today's Day of Giving Has Been Suspended; Event to be Rescheduled

A message from Maxwell King, CEO of The Pittsburgh Foundation

PITTSBURGH, PA--"The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Day of Giving program, which in its six years of operation has raised more than $40 million for worthy nonprofits through a combination of individual donations and generous match pooling, has now been forced to suspend operation of today’s event.

The decision was made this afternoon after the national online fundraising firm’s technology platform used by 54 participating community foundations across the country had technical problems that severely disrupted the ability of tens of thousands of donors to complete transactions on coordinating organizations’ websites such as our portal.

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