Turning CPR Training into Action Could Save Over 1000 Lives a Day

LifeSavers, Inc is so pleased to be in San Diego, CA starting on Dec 8, 2015 with over 1000 other cardiac emergency care professionals and more than 50 cardiac arrest survivors for the ECCU  (Emergency Cardiac Care Update) meeting which occurs every 2 years.

Hearing the inspirational stories from survivors is a clear sign that with more community-based action and CPR training others can live as well.  To quote directly “Without strong community cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) programs and easily accessed automated external defibrillators (AEDs), many unnecessary deaths occur,” said Tom P. Aufderheide, M.D., president of Citizen CPR Foundation (CCPRF) and faculty member of the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Sadly most cardiac arrest victims do not receive help in time to save their lives or if they do get help it is too late and there can be ongoing lifelong damages suffered as a result of the lack immediate CPR or AED treatment. According to an Institute of Medicine (IOM) over 1,600 preventable deaths from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occur every day in the U.S.   What happens when a person has sudden cardiac arrest is the heart suddenly stops beating and there is no blood flow to the brain or any other part of the body including vital organs.  The numbers are staggering, yearly in the US approximately 300,000 men, women and children die from this cause.

Robert Stickel, the President of LifeSavers, Inc.  referenced, “Since almost 80 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur at home if a family member is trained in CPR this can mean the difference between life and death or other serious conditions.” There is a tremendous opportunity because over 90% of these  people could be saved or have improved outcomes.

With the support of LifeSavers, Inc. the life empowerment network, with Lisa Garr and Julia Miller are so delighted to shed light on the first-ever ‘CPR Saves Lives March’ in San Diego.   The goal of the conference  is to shed light on the hundreds of thousands of sudden cardiac arrest victims who could be saved if as a society we were better prepared and to prepare the industry for the upcoming changes in CPR techniques rolling out in 2016.

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