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AMR Teams Up with IAFC and ACEP to Train Bystanders How to Save Lives



Three of the largest names in emergency medical services work together to offer free training in bystander CPR and Bleeding Control during World CPR Challenge, May 20-26

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. - More than 350,000 Americans experience sudden cardiac arrest annually. When a bystander performs CPR until EMS arrives, the odds of the victim surviving can triple.

To raise awareness and increase bystander CPR, American Medical Response (AMR), the nation’s largest provider of medical transportation, announced it is collaborating for the second year with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). During National EMS Week, May 20-26, the organizations will train communities on how to assist those experiencing significant trauma or sudden cardiac arrest.

Research shows that compression-only CPR (no mouth-to-mouth or rescue breathing) can increase survival rates for those suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. Continuous chest compressions move oxygenated blood through the body, keeping the brain and other organs alive until the heart can be restarted. Driven by a passion to save lives, AMR, IAFC and ACEP will offer free training to anyone who wants to learn to assist in the “chain of survival” by recognizing the signs of sudden cardiac arrest and providing compression-only CPR until first responders arrive.

As a new addition to this year’s World CPR Challenge, many agencies will also be offering basic Stop the Bleed training in addition to compression-only CPR. During the past year, we saw how bystander intervention can be critical, particularly during the mass casualty incident on 1 October in Las Vegas and during the horrific shooting at the Parkland, FL, high school. Bystanders undoubtedly helped save countless lives during those tragic events. As clinicians, we all know that death can result from a traumatic injury with significant blood loss within five minutes, and trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under age 46. Stop the Bleed training encourages bystanders to be knowledgeable, equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before emergency personnel arrives.

“At no other time in history are we seeing how bystander intervention can improve the outcome when they intervene with CPR or by applying a tourniquet to somebody who has suffered a trauma,” said Edward Van Horne, president and CEO of AMR. “Our crews care for more than 30,000 sudden cardiac arrest victims annually, and we know firsthand how survival rates can double or triple when trained bystanders jump into action. Since we created the World CPR Challenge, we have trained more than a quarter million bystanders in compression-only CPR—and that’s just the beginning. Our continuing partnership with IAFC and ACEP will help us to greatly expand our reach as we continue educating citizens about how to save lives.”

Paul Kivela, MD, MBA, FACEP, president of ACEP said bystanders can make all the difference in the world. “Bystander intervention during those first few minutes of an emergency can make the difference between life and death. Learning compression-only CPR doesn’t require an all-day certification—bystanders can be trained and prepared to save a life in only a few minutes.”

“The IAFC is pleased to again participate in the World CPR Challenge and Stop the Bleed campaign with AMR and ACEP,” said Fire Chief Thomas Jenkins, IAFC president and chairman of the board. “The more we can educate and train the general public about compression-only CPR and effective stop the bleed techniques, the more lives will be saved.”

In the last six years as healthcare agencies offer bystander CPR training in their communities, there has been a 20% increase in sudden cardiac arrest victims receiving assistance prior to EMS arrival, saving thousands more lives.

To learn more about how you can participate in the World CPR Challenge and Stop the Bleed, visit amr.net/savealife.

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About American Medical Response (AMR)
American Medical Response, Inc., America’s leading provider of medical transportation, provides services in 40 states and the District of Columbia. More than 28,000 AMR paramedics, EMTs, RNs and other professionals work together to transport more than 4.8 million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non-emergency situations. AMR also provides fire services through Rural Metro Fire Department, www.ruralmetrofire.com, and managed transportation services through Access2Care, www.access2care.net. AMR is a subsidiary of Global Medical Response, www.GlobalMedicalResponse.com. For more information about AMR, visit www.amr.net and follow American Medical Response on Facebook @AMR_Social on Twitter and Instagram.
About the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
The IAFC represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide. IAFC members are the world's leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation. Since 1873, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas, develop professionally and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders. 

About the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.  

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