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American Medical Response Makes History While Helping to Save Lives

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06.06.2014

(Greenwood Village, Colo.) - The second annual American Medical Response (AMR) World CPR Challenge rolled across the U.S. Wednesday, May 21. AMR teams from 80 operational locations came together for one mission: to teach people how to save a life by learning compression-only CPR. At 175 events in 28 states, AMR professionals trained 61,883 people during the 24-hour event, beating their 2013 record by nearly 7,000.

“As the largest provider of medical transportation in the country, we rallied our national resources with the singular goal of making our communities safer by teaching compression-only CPR,” said AMR President Ted Van Horne. “I am so proud of the commitment, dedication and hard work of the more than 18,000 professionals at AMR that enabled this year’s event to surpass our 2013 results.”

AMR paramedics, EMT’s and support team members trained participants in compression-only CPR at more than 175 separate training events held around the country, including shopping malls, fire stations, high schools and outdoor venues.

“This is critically important to the communities we serve. The medical literature shows that compression-only CPR is an effective and easy to administer life-saving procedure,” added Dr. Ed Racht, AMR’s Chief Medical Officer. “When bystanders perform compression-only CPR until emergency responders arrive, a patient’s chance of survival increases dramatically.”

While the AMR CPR Challenge is a one-day event, AMR professionals teach compression-only CPR throughout the year. Call your local AMR operation to find out where you can learn this lifesaving skill.

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About American Medical Response
American Medical Response Inc. (www.amr.net), America’s leading provider of medical transportation, provides services in 40 states and the District of Columbia. More than 18,000 AMR paramedics, EMTs, RNs and other professionals work together to transport more than 3 million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non-emergency situations. AMR, a subsidiary of Envision Healthcare Corporation, is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colo.

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