Bystander CPR

Bystander CPR

I believe that the greatest area of improvement in the quest to raise the SCA survival rate is raising the community's awareness of the need and effectiveness of bystander CPR. I want to challenge everyone reading this blog that you would adopt your community in which you will champion the cause of bystander CPR. Organize a local committee whose purpose is to go to as many schools, businesses, organizations, churches, and sports teams to show them how easy it could be to save a life. Will you become part of a community effort that could save hundreds of lives in your community and as

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lylec65 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

community bystander CPR

Anyone who would like to encourage bystander CPR In your community feel free to call or text me at 678-778-0514. I will glad to help you get started and to share with you some of the great programs on the internet. YOU can be a part of the national movement that could be saving up to 1,000 lives per day.

Lyle Coalwell MDiv,MEd,EdS

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Bob Trenkamp wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Bystander training in CPR, AED use, and Stroke Recognition

Couldn't agree with you more. We've trained more than 10,000 in Chatham County, GA and make our class videos available without charge to anyone who wants to replicate our program.

Per the CARES data, almost 70% of all sudden cardiac arrests occur in the home. This means that most of the time there is only one other person in the house who can perform CPR and that they must be able to perform guideline-compliant chest compressions for an average of at least ten minutes. This is radically different from the problems faced by the ambulance crew who switch out every two minutes. Another challenge is that frequently the victim is in bed or in a recliner. You cannot perform effective CPR on a person in bed or in a recliner, and many people don't know how to get a person onto the floor. Our video covers those often neglected topics.

Our study of CPR performance endurance was presented at the AHA Resuscitation Science Symposium in 2012. It showed that only 20% of the subjects could perform manual chest compressions on a manikin for ten minutes, and all of them were under 50. More than 60% of the subjects were able to perform pedal chest compressions for ten minutes. See

Our study of chest compression capacity was presented at the AHA ReSS in 2013. It showed the percentage of adults upon whom a subject could perform guideline compliant chest compressions varied with compression technique (manual vs. pedal) and seldom reached 90%. See

The class videos are at

This course has been taught in a variety of locations in Georgia, in California, in Ohio, in New York, and in Switzerland.

Any questions? contact me as bobt [at] slicc [dot] org


Bob Trenkamp, President
Saving Lives In Chatham County

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