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AMR Supports Compression-Only CPR Training

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Why compression-only CPR?

Each year, Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) unexpectedly takes the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans. Annually, AMR crews care for more than 30,000 SCA patients. Studies show survival from SCA can be doubled or tripled if CPR is administered until emergency medical services arrive. These findings inspired AMR to find innovative means for ensuring that local citizens know what to do when they encounter a victim of SCA.

Sharing a simple message

When someone is found unresponsive and not breathing normally, take the following steps:

  1. Call 911
  2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest until help arrives.
  3. Send someone to find an AED if possible.

The CPR World Challenge

Since 2013, AMR has held an annual CPR World Challenge in May of each year during EMS Week. The first AMR CPR World Challenge was held May 22, 2013 and we trained 54,884 people in 24-hours in communities across the country. Since starting the challenge, AMR teams have trained nearly 300,000 people in compression-only CPR.

In 2017, we were honored to team up with two of the largest names in EMS: ACEP and IAFC. Together, we trained thousands in bystander-CPR further increasing our ability to improve the SCA survivor rate. Watch for information about our next event in early 2018.

Using our network of EMTs and paramedics in communities coast-to-coast, and in several countries, we ask our crews to provide this life saving training to as many individuals as possible whenever it is practical and feasible.

AMR recognizes the tremendous influence that bystander CPR has on survivability from sudden cardiac arrest. We passionately support the training of laypersons in compression-only CPR throughout the year. Our AMR crews are encouraged to report the number of individuals trained at any time during the year.

Why train Compression-Only CPR?

Compression-only CPR is an effective and life-saving procedure. Compressions are the most effective element of CPR. Simplifying bystander CPR to include only compressions allow bystanders the ability to perform a simple task that can help keep patients alive until professional help arrives.

We believe we will see the impact of increased bystander CPR for decades. In 2010, the AMR bystander CPR rate was 21.4%. As of 2016 it has increased to 45.5%. As we continue to train more people each year in CPR, we believe the number of survivors from sudden cardiac arrest will increase as well.