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Guy Knickerbocker, PhD, CPR Pioneer

G. Guy Knickerbocker, PhD, of Narvon PA, passed away peacefully on June 21, 2022, at the age of 89. He is known as one of the inventors of CPR, and according to, it is estimated he has saved more than 25,000,000 lives. In 1954, Knickerbocker, a Baltimore native, began working toward his PhD in electrical engineering at Johns… Read More

Rapid profound hypothermia (suspended animation) is in clinical trials as a new, innovative approach to emergency care when CPR fails

GAITHERSBURG, MD--Emergency Preservation and Resuscitation (EPR), rapid profound hypothermia, is being pursued in clinical trials, as a revolutionary approach to be the next standard of emergency care to save countless lives when CPR fails.   Approximately 2,000 people die per day in the U.S. from traumatic exsanguination (bleeding out) resulting… Read More

Congressman Barr’s CAROL Act one step closer to becoming law

WASHINGTON, DC--The Cardiovascular Advances in Research and Opportunities Legacy (CAROL) Act advanced unanimously out of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. The full Senate must now consider and pass the bill. U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) led the CAROL Act… Read More

Breakthrough: New screening test for those at risk of sudden cardiac arrest

New research from the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Australia will allow families around the world to discover if they are carrying genetic mutations that cause sudden cardiac arrest – a condition that kills nine out of 10 victims. Researchers at the Institute have developed a new electrical test that can screen hundreds of gene… Read More

University of Minnesota Medical School receives $18.8M grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust to provide AEDs across Minnesota

The grant provides statewide law enforcement agencies and first responders with devices that aim to increase cardiac arrest survival rates MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL--The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust announces an $18.8 million grant to the University of Minnesota Medical School. The grant aims to provide law enforcement officers and… Read More

New survey: Only six out of 10 adults feel comfortable taking charge and giving CPR

DALLAS, TX--New survey findings released by the American Heart Association found that while nine out of 10 adults believe cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR will improve someone’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest, four out of every 10 would still not initiate the lifesaving technique. More than  350,000 sudden cardiac arrests, or an abrupt… Read More

Summer safety starts with CPR

DALLAS, TX--Summer brings rest, relaxation and fun, but it can also be a time of increased risk for our hearts. Extreme heat may increase incidents of cardiac arrest and an average of 33 drownings occur in the U.S. each day, one-third of which are fatal.  Knowing cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR could be the key to saving someone from cardiac… Read More

Call-Push-Shock Partners urge the public to learn CPR and how to use AEDs to help save lives

PITTSBURGH, PA--Parent Heart Watch and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, co-sponsors of the Call-Push-Shock movement—along with 50 co-partners—urge the public to learn CPR and how to use automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to help save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest. Their appeal comes during National CPR and AED Awareness Week,… Read More

Illinois Supreme Court agrees fitness centers may be liable if staff fail to use AED when needed

The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled two state laws establish fitness centers can be obligated to use an automated external defibrillator if a patron is experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, and failure to do so can be considered willful and wanton misconduct. Justice Michael Burke wrote the 6-0 opinion issued May 19; Justice Robert Carter took no… Read More

Requiring CPR/AED training in schools can improve OHCA survival rates

Researchers found higher rates of bystander CPR/AED use in states with education laws enacted WASHINGTON, D.C.-- States with laws requiring CPR/ automated external defibrillator (AED) training in high school have higher rates of bystander CPR (BCPR) after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) than states with no CPR education laws, according to a… Read More