Call-Push-Shock, a social media campaign co-sponsored by Parent Heart Watch and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, aims to encourage bystander action in cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. It is quickly becoming a national public health movement. There are now more than 50 co-partners, including the CDC. To join the movement just in time for National CPR-AED Awareness Week, June 1-7, reach out to contact [at] callpushshock.org.
Call-Push-Shock, a social media campaign designed to encourage bystander action in cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, is becoming a national public health movement. Results of the initiative, co-sponsored by Parent Heart Watch and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and grounded in research by global consumer research firm, StrataVerve, and have been presented at multiple national conferences, including the Health Communication, Marketing and Media Forum presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in October 2020.
Call-Push-Shock was developed in response to an appeal from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), now the National Academy of Medicine, urging collaboration among stakeholders to help improve survival from sudden cardiac arrest. The purpose of the campaign is to motivate bystanders to call 911, give CPR, and use AEDs (automated external defibrillators) to help save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest. One of the ways to help improve survival, according to the IOM, is for organizations to speak in one voice with consistent messaging aimed at increasing rates of bystander intervention with CPR and use of AEDs.
Call-Push-Shock is grounded in research conducted for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation by global consumer research firm, StrataVerve, focused on public awareness, understanding, and messaging that resonates with laypersons. “Extrapolating our research results with CARES (Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival) data indicates about 14% more lives could be saved annually if we implement this strategy to clear confusion,” said Jennifer Chap, principal at StrataVerve. “Understanding drives action.”
The following definition was tested among consumers and is recommended for all to use:
“Sudden cardiac arrest is a life-threatening emergency that occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating. It strikes people of all ages who may seem to be healthy, even children and teens. When SCA happens, the person collapses and doesn’t respond or breathe normally. They may gasp or shake as if having a seizure. SCA leads to death in minutes if the person doesn’t get help right away. Survival depends on people nearby calling 911, starting CPR, and using an AED (if available) as soon as possible.”
The campaign was launched in June 2018. Assets include a landing page, Call-Push-Shock.org, and a user-friendly toolkit that features the consumer-tested definition (above), an infographic, images created for Facebook and Twitter, videos of “man-in-the street” interviews, and a social media calendar with suggested posts. Assets are available in English and Spanish.
There are now more than 50 co-partners, including the CDC.
“We are thrilled that so many stakeholders are joining the Call-Push-Shock movement,” said Mary Newman, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation president. “We believe that if we speak in one voice across all of our platforms, we can dramatically improve survival from sudden cardiac arrest.”
Martha Lopez-Anderson, Parent Heart Watch executive director, agrees. “We welcome other organizations to join the Call-Push-Shock movement. By using consistent messaging about sudden cardiac arrest, we can save thousands of lives each year.”
To join the national movement just in time for National CPR-AED Awareness Week, June 1-7, reach out to contact [at] callpushshock.org.