About Citizen CPR Foundation

Our Mission

The mission of the Citizen CPR Foundation is to save lives from sudden cardiac arrest by stimulating effective community, professional and citizen action.

Our Board

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The Citizen CPR Foundation has three core values
that form the basis for our education efforts:

We know that CPR and AED use saves lives.
Collaboration among citizens, professionals, communities, and organizations is key to survival from sudden cardiac arrest.
Action based on best practices in science, education, and implementation improves outcomes.


The Citizen CPR Foundation (CCPRF) was founded in 1987. Since its inception, CCPRF has sought to “strengthen the Chain of Survival,” a metaphor used to define the “series of actions” that improves the chance of survival for thousands of victims of sudden cardiac arrest.  Our mission starts with education for the lay rescuer and continues through the interventions provided by EMS dispatch, EMTs and paramedics, emergency department personnel, and specialists in intensive care units.

CCPRF has been meeting the educational needs of these target audiences for 30 years in a number of ways. One is by acting as the planning host for the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU) Conference, a biennial conference featuring current information and trends on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The conference promotes best practices, as well as innovative, effective methods for CPR/AED education. CCPRF also utilizes partnerships with the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, along with other industry partners to communicate the latest scientific finds in CPR and ECC.

A Word From the President

Today’s rate of survival from SCA is only 7 percent. If communities can increase the rate to 20 percent, 60,000 lives could be saved in the U.S. each year. It will take more cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training, more automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and more recognition of the lives lost.

Vinay M. Nadkarni, MD