Posted on 12/16/2015

SAN DIEGO, CA--2,500 people from more than 30 countries, along with representatives from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and about 50 cardiac arrest survivors, marched through the streets of downtown San Diego last week to help raise awareness and educate communities on the importance of CPR and AED devices. The march was the highlight of the week-long ECCU 2015 conference, which has been, for over three decades, THE place to go for learning, inspiration and networking with resuscitation professionals, instructors, practitioners and researchers.

The goal for the first-ever ‘CPR Saves Lives March‘ was to, “shed light on the hundreds of thousands of sudden cardiac arrest victims who could survive each year if communities provided more CPR training, better care, and a greater number of AEDs,” said Mary Newman, president of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.

Tom P. Aufderheide, M.D., president of Citizen CPR Foundation and faculty member of the Medical College of Wisconsin, praised the host city as “a shining example of how communities can come together to improve survival rates.”

The Citizen CPR Foundation holds its international Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU) conference every two years. They have three primary co-sponsors: the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Together, these organizations have been strengthening the chain of survival by educating lay rescuers and experienced medical professionals on current CPR guidelines.


SOURCE: Social Discussion