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The Citizen CPR Foundation Launches National Call to Action to Empower Citizens to Save Lives of Those with Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Date:12/2/2010

to action by sharing practical tips to help save lives," said Dr. Aufderheide. "By simply learning to recognize SCA, calling 9-1-1, and starting CPR, citizens can save those that would otherwise die without immediate help," said Dr. Aufderheide. "Care that starts with citizen CPR and early defibrillation, a well trained EMS system, and strong links in the chain of survival are vital in every community."

The CCPRF Board of Directors offer many ideas for actions that citizens can take to save lives. Some of their recommendations include:

  • Learning CPR
  • Promoting CPR training for students at local schools
  • Holding fundraisers to support the cost of CPR and AED training classes
  • Identifying community locations where AED programs would be most beneficial
  • Encouraging lay rescuers to keep all life-saving certifications up-to-date
  • Knowing where AEDs and other resources are located in the community
  • Utilizing local SCA survivors and savers to share their experiences

"In some communities SCA survival rates are as high as 35 percent while in others no one survives," said Mary Fran Hazinski, RN, MSN, 2011 President-Elect of CCPRF. "We know that bystander CPR is the first step to save lives!"

About Citizen CPR Foundation (CCPRF)

Founded in 1987, the Citizen CPR Foundation (CCPRF) is a non-profit organization comprised of four primary co-sponsors: the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and Industry partners. The mission of CCPRF is to save lives from sudden death by stimulating citizen and community action. In addition to its international biennial conference, the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU) conference, CCPRF publishes a quarterly newsletter, Currents in Emergency Cardiovascular Care. For more information, Visit www.citizencpr.
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