What Is A HEARTSafe Community?

The monthly HEARTSafe Community Champion webinars are just one part of our larger HEARTSafe Community initiative, which we started in 2019. Our HEARTSafe Community program is a set of criteria and guidelines designed to improve outcomes to sudden cardiac arrest emergencies through a specific set of training, preparation and response protocols.

This criteria supports the cardiac arrest “chain of survival” and encourages communities to put that chain of survival into action. Activities include:

  • Widespread CPR instruction
  • Public access defibrillators
  • Aggressive resuscitation protocols for first responders and area hospitals

Communities that strive to become “heart safe” must meet the criteria established by the Citizen CPR Foundation. Upon completion, they receive signage and official recognition as a HEARTSafe Community to demonstrate a commitment to citizen health and safety.

For more information about HEARTSafe Community criteria or to learn more about achieving this designation in your own community, visit our website.

Summit 2021 Available On-Demand

There’s still time to get your on-demand access to 50+ sessions, including keynotes, from December’s Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit, thanks to our partners at Prodigy EMS. Summit attendees, check your email for log-in credentials sent directly from Prodigy EMS. If you missed the conference, you can explore purchasing options on the Prodigy EMS website, including full access or specific tracks.

In Memory of G. Guy Knickerbocker, PhD

We’ve lost a giant in the resuscitation world. G. Guy Knickerbocker, PhD, is one of three scientists who developed CPR and forever changed how we can all save more lives from sudden cardiac arrest. All of us at the Citizen CPR Foundation are profoundly grateful for Dr. Knickerbocker’s work and support, including participating in past Cardiac Arrest Survival Summits. It’s difficult to quantify just how much the “Father of CPR” will be missed, but his lifesaving legacy endures each time someone learns or performs CPR.

In honor of Dr. Knickerbocker, we applaud and encourage you all in your efforts to save more lives from sudden cardiac arrest. We will continue to keep Dr. Knickerbocker’s family, friends and colleagues in our thoughts. Read Dr. Knickerbocker’s full obituary.

Meet the 2021 Class of 40 Under 40 Honorees! – Part 2

In this Q2 issue of Currents, we’re continuing our spotlight on the 2021 Class of 40 Under 40, first announced and recognized at the Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit.

This is a dynamic group of young leaders, professionals, advocates and survivors who share a common passion: working to improve SCA outcomes.

Introducing the 40 Under 40 honorees recognized this quarter:

  • Eddy Afram
  • Eric Anderson
  • Koralia Burz, Director of Learning, Code One Training Solutions
  • Matthew Crow, Firefighter Paramedic
  • Kenny Dobbs, International Slam Dunk Champion
  • Kristin Flanary
  • Bella Flores
  • Alexander Gordon, Eagle Scout
  • Richard Grant, Police Officer
  • Robert Griffin III, Lieutenant

Visit our website to read more about these honorees and meet the rest of the 2021 Class of 40 Under 40.  We’ll be back to introduce you to more winners in September!