Lend A Hand, Save A Life CPR Challenge

Updated:Oct 14,2013


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WHAT IS IT?

The Lend a Hand, Save a Life CPR Challenge seeks to educate Pennsylvanians on how to respond to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), a leading killer of Americans.  When a teen or adult has a sudden cardiac arrest, survival depends on getting CPR from someone nearby.  Immediate CPR from a bystander can double or triple the chance of survival.

The campaign is a call to action to EMS providers, health educators, and community leaders to teach the general public about sudden cardiac arrest and educate people across the Commonwealth in bystander CPR, with the overall goal of improving survival rates for out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest.

Our initial goal was to train 250,000 people in bystander CPR by May 26, 2013, which we overwhelmingly exceeded!  Since there was such a high response rate and enthusiasm around this call to action, we decided to extend the challenge with a new aim to reach 1,000,000 people by the end of American Heart Month - February 28, 2014! 

In the spirit of healthy competition, we look forward to honoring and awarding prizes to the top organizations that reach the most people, just as we did during the first phase of the challenge.

Collaborative partners include: American Heart Association,  Pennsylvania Bureau of EMS and  Pennsylvania HeartRescue Project.


Lend A Hand Awardees1FIRST PHASE AWARD RECIPIENTS 

CHAMPION AWARD for the most amount of people at a single event:  EMMCO East and EMMCO West, who with Punxsutawney Groundhog Club and Jefferson County EMS trained over 30,0000 participants at the Punxsutawney Groundhog Day festivities.

LEADERSHIP AWARD for holding the most training events:  Emergency Health Services Federation.

INNOVATION AWARD for developing materials around this initiative:  Susquehanna Emergency Health Services.


WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE OUR GOAL! 

Only you can help us reach our new goal of training 1,000,000 Pennsylvanians in CPR by the end of American Heart Month, which is February 28, 2014!  Below is a resource packet to help you plan and execute your training and awareness events.  Keep up the great work!  Every person trained counts!


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After your training, please be sure to complete the tracking form below to track your number of trainees.

 
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THERE WILL BE PRIZES!

Incentives will be distributed at a closing award ceremony to the top groups who reach the most people.

 
THANK YOU!
Most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location do not survive because they do not receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene.  Your trainings can dramatically improve response time and save countless lives.  Thank you.  


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Julie Griff
HeartRescue Project Community Education Coordinator
julie.griff@uphs.upenn.edu




 
 

Campaign Facts

·         Goal: Educate 1,000,000 people in Pennsylvania to recognize sudden cardiac arrest and know how to respond.
·         Model: Encourage EMS agencies and AHA training centers to collaborate with their local schools, sports teams, colleges, businesses, and community groups to host CPR training events, and incorporate training into large-scale public events, such as ports games, concerts and festivals.
·         Resources: Materials are available to assist groups in their outreach and training, including a resource packet with fact sheets, scripts and messages for facilitators.  Banners are available for display at events.  Giveaways to distribute at events include, wallet cards with Hands-Only CPR instructions and silicone bracelets with the campaign slogan.
·         Tracking: Participating groups will register their events online (www.heart.org/lendahandsavealife)  to track how many people they trained and the date and location of the training. 
·         Incentives: Prizes will be distributed at a closing award ceremony to the top groups. 

 

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Learn more about sudden cardiac arrest and the HeartRescue Project.
 

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