WHERE You Live Shouldn’t Determine IF You Live: EMS Strategies for Improving Cardiac Arrest Survival
Event Date: 05/21/2012 01:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
This webcast will focus on strategies that can be used by the EMS community to improve survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

The American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) are based on evidence evaluation from the 2010 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science with Treatment Recommendations (CoSTR 2010), of which the American Heart Association was a founding member.

During this presentation, you’ll learn:
■ Evidence based strategies for improving survival from out of hospital cardiac arrest
■ AHA programs and products for use by the Emergency Medical Services community
■ How to develop a localized action plan to improve outcomes

The recommendations in the AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC confirm the safety and effectiveness of many approaches, acknowledge that other approaches may not be optimal, and recommend new treatments that have undergone evidence evaluation. Our science, products and programs are designed to help you increase the probability of prompt bystander CPR and improve the quality of resuscitation provided by rescuers.

Please join us for this complimentary webcast presented by the American Heart Association.

David B. Hiltz, NREMT-P
As a result of working in both the in- and out-of-hospital environments, David has developed a special interest in emergency medicine and resuscitation. For the past 14 years, David’s full time occupation has been with the American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Department. While at the American Heart Association, he has contributed to the development and implementation of numerous AHA initiatives such as Operation Heartbeat and Operation Stroke.

Rodney L. Kimble, EMT- P
Rod has 23 years of experience in the fire service and EMS. He is currently employed as a Senior Account Manager with the American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Department and as a flight paramedic with HealthNet Aeromedical Services in Morgantown, W.Va. Rod’s passion for emergency medicine lies within curriculum development and systems of care improvement.

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The American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) department provides courses tailored to meet your needs. From BLS to STEMI Identification, from the classroom to online, the AHA gets you the education you need, the way you need to get it.

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