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Anyone can save a life: Penn researchers lead national efforts to improve CPR quality
Date:1/14/2008

we can get ten percent of people to do CPR just because they can put on some gloves and a mask, thats ten percent more lives saved, Abella says. Defibrillators arent the only answer. Theyre not the silver bullet.

Doctors at Penn are also working with the American Heart Association to develop community-wide initiatives like Heart Safe Philadelphia, which pulls in partners from the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia, city EMS, police and fire departments, school systems and other groups to beef up training for community members. One idea: To require that all high school seniors receive CPR training before graduation, or one day, to link training to the process of applying for a drivers license, in the model of so-called motor-voter laws that register people to vote at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

CPR training is also reaching into the home of at-risk patients once they check out of the hospital. Penn physicians have pioneered in-hospital use of the AHAs Family and Friends CPR Anytime kit, which includes a short video and an inflatable manikin for practice, to train family members when patients at risk of a cardiac event.


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Contact: Holly Auer
holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu
215-349-5659
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
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