New Wisconsin Bill Celebrated by Heart Advocates: 9-1-1 Dispatcher-Assisted CPR bill designed to help save lives of cardiac arrest victims

Surrounded by supporters, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (seated) signs Assembly Bill 654, mandating dispatcher-assisted CPR, into law on April 16. On April 16, 2018, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed into law Assembly Bill 654, which instructs the state’s 9-1-1 dispatchers to provide CPR instructions over the phone. The bill was co-authored by State Senator Jerry Petrowski and State [...]

By |June 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Wife, son save Honolulu man by quickly starting Hands-Only CPR

For the start of CPR Week, we want to bring you the story of the Osaki family. From left to right: Jared, Reid and Cindy Osaki Jared and Cindy Osaki are like thousands of the people who save a life each year through Hands-Only CPR. And while few often know when their skills will be needed, these very [...]

By |June 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Hands-Only CPR, remembered from a video, saves man in hardware department

Chuck Greczkowski and his family will be making a heartfelt and potentially lifesaving presentation at a Lowe’s in Lisbon, Conn. next week. They’re going to donate an AED and fully stocked first aid bag, courtesy of American Ambulance Floyd Flint, who saved someone's life using CPR, refreshes his skills at a community training held at the house of the [...]

By |May 9th, 2018|Uncategorized|2 Comments

The Association Abroad: CPR in India

Even though we have “American” in our name, the American Heart Association is dedicated to promoting CPR and First Aid education in communities around the world. This month, we’re taking some time this week to recognize activities our Instructors in India undertook earlier this year.  In November 2017 and January 2018, these Instructors led special events in India that trained [...]

By |May 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mom of toddler stays calm, saves life with CPR

Most of us look forward to family get-togethers and celebrations, never thinking that the happiness of such good times could be stolen in an instant. But that’s what almost happened to Amy Steelman and her two-year-old, Hannah, at a birthday party for Amy’s grandmother in Norman, Okla. in August, 2010. Both Amy and Hannah were eager to reconnect with family, [...]

By |April 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Moving Behind-the-Scenes: A Small Business Success Story

How does a medical professional take skills learned in the field and translate them into a new career? One path forward is entrepreneurship. Today the CPR & First Aid Blog talks with Josh Dishaw, founder of RESTART in Middlebury, Vermont.  Q: Josh, thank you for speaking with us. Would you start by sharing a little about your background? A: Of [...]

By |April 4th, 2018|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Kansas teen saved by Hands-Only CPR

Emma Baker was 13 and eight days into a New Year’s resolution she’d made not to spring things on her parents at the last minute. Her mother, Cate, was on a business trip to Atlanta from their home in Rose Hill, Kansas, so Emma called her dad, Scott, for permission to go to a spelling bee in nearby Buhler on [...]

By |March 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How Hands-Only CPR Let One Family Say Goodbye

February is Heart Month, a time when we recognize that cardiovascular disease kills 2,200 Americans each day, and more than 900 of these die from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. The American Heart Association trained more than 22 million people in CPR last year, but few ever think, “That could be me.” Even the Association’s own Krisca Gould, a CPR in Schools [...]

By |February 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|1 Comment

2017 Hands-Only CPR Campaign Trains 4.6 Million New Lifesavers

Hit rewind and watch the highlights of the 2017 Anthem Foundation and American Heart Association Hands-Only CPR campaign. David Heidrich had never heard of Hands-Only CPR until August when the American Heart Association’s 2017 Hands-Only CPR Mobile Tour stopped in Augusta, Maine to teach the lifesaving skill. “Push Hard and Fast in the Center of the Chest” is the [...]

By |January 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

AHA in the Classroom: CPR Education for Kindergarten through College

Evelyn Massey, MD, teaches CPR to local students and school faculty. Readers of the AHA CPR & First Aid Blog are no strangers to teaching CPR. However, few focus almost exclusively on the next generation of lifesavers like Evelyn Massey, MD, does. Dr. Massey serves as director of life support education at Loma Linda University in California, where [...]

By |December 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments