For people worldwide who are passionate about saving lives, the Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit is the only opportunity to learn, collaborate on and implement the latest resuscitation science across the full chain of survival. Together, we make our homes, schools, hospitals and communities better when we save more lives from SCA.
The Widest Array of Lifesaving Professionals in One Place
Take your seat at the table alongside other resuscitation, education and implementation leaders, influencers and decision makers.
Trainers & Educators
This year, we’re bringing trainers and educators better-than-ever content. Leaders in the field of resuscitation will show you the latest science, strategies and techniques so that you can more easily and effectively demonstrate and share lifesaving information in any educational setting.
Nurses & Physicians
Because nurses and physicians are on the front lines for response to in-hospital sudden cardiac arrest, you’re top of mind in the Summit 2021 program. Enhance your clinical skills and become a better educator at sessions that address response preparation, debriefing, post-arrest care and more.
Survivors, bystanders, HEARTSafe organizers and champions, administrators, city planners, motivated citizens — the resuscitation community is as impressive as it is inspiring. Strengthen your own connections with community-focused programming that gives space to learn, share, and most importantly, support each other’s lifesaving work.
EMS & Public Safety
EMS, fire and rescue, police officers, dispatchers and other public safety personnel are often the first responders when SCA occurs, making their continued resuscitation knowledge, training and implementation more important than ever. Learn improved training techniques targeted to EMS, law enforcement and fire, as well as cardiac arrest recognition for dispatchers and innovative lifesaving applications like mobile ECMO.
Why should you attend the Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit? Hear directly from some of the resuscitation experts we’ll welcome to San Diego.
Former Navy SEAL
Partner and Co-Founder, Liminal Collective, Los Angeles, CA
Since enlisting in the Navy, Jurgen has nurtured a passion for pushing human boundaries. He thrives at the edges of human potential and team optimization and uses three decades of experience as a Special Operations leader to pioneer a new paradigm of High-Performance Medicine.
Vinay Nadkarni, MD, MS
Hans Dahll Award Winner
Endowed Chair of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
An international leader in the development and implementation of critical care and resuscitation science, Dr. Nadkarni uses his expertise to better serve both resource-rich and resource-poor environments.
Tom Aufderheide, MD
Hans Dahll Award Winner
Professor of Emergency Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin
From authoring cardiac resuscitation and emergency cardiac care textbooks to writing and championing AED legislation in Wisconsin, Dr. Aufderheide has built a global reputation as an accomplished resuscitation leader who makes significant contributions to medical sciences and public health.
Marina Del Rios, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine
Dr. Del Rios continues to help lead the way in reducing hDr. Del Rios continues to help lead the way in reducing healthcare disparities. In addition to her work as a core faculty member of UIC’s Emergency Medicine Response program, Emergency Ultrasound Faculty and Health Disparities Research Coordinator, Dr. Del Rios is also the Community Sphere Physician Leader of the Illinois Heart Rescue Project. Their goal: more than double the neurologically intact survival rate for those experiencing out-of-hospital SCA.
Lance Becker, MD
Chair, Emergency Medicine, Northwell Health, New York
Dr. Becker is no stranger to leadership, having established a role as a pioneer in the field of resuscitation for more than 25 years with an emphasis on systems of care and groundbreaking cellular studies. More recently, he’s helped lead the national COVID-19 response, on-the-ground experience that will help him equip others to confront another pandemic: SCA.
Benjamin Abella, MD, MPhil
Director, Center for Resuscitation Science, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Abella has made a two-decade study of cardiac arrest and post-arrest care to help facilitate more effective training for hospital providers. In addition to authoring an extensive list of resuscitation manuscripts, Dr. Abella’s work has been featured on CNN, 20/20 and in National Geographic.
Brent Myers, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer, ESO, Raleigh, N.C.
With expertise in both emergency medical services and mobile integrated healthcare, it’s no wonder that Dr. Myers has held leadership roles in several key resuscitation organizations and companies. While prioritizing patient care, system design and population health management, Dr. Myers also meets a personal commitment: to introduce his nephew to at least one new MLB stadium each year.
Laurie Morrison, MD, MSc
Professor and Clinician Scientist, Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
From contributing to multiple years of AHA guidelines to co-leading Canada’s COVID-19 Emergency Department Rapid Response Network, Dr. Morrison’s extensive research — focused on the evaluation and implementation of time-sensitive interventions in acute emergencies — has far-reaching impacts. Her experience in conducting clinical trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses has given Dr. Morrison a foundation on which she’s built collaborative research networks and, more recently, the Collaborative Specialization in Resuscitation Sciences, a new graduate training program at the University of Toronto.
Recharge your training program with the most effective techniques in a post-pandemic training environment presented by leading experts, including those from the American Heart Association and American Red Cross training programs.
Explore new science, innovations and cutting-edge strategies to effectively implement guidelines and overcome challenges specific to the clinical environment.
Equip public safety officers — often in roles as first responders — with situational training and techniques to improve out-of-hospital SCA outcomes no matter the circumstances.
Earn continuing education credits in more than 60 plenary and concurrent sessions and workshops — a cost-effective way to finish your 2021 requirements, invest in your professional development and build your network. CE credits are easily claimed through evaluations in the event app, and certificates are awarded by late January 2022.
CPR Saves Lives Rally
Celebrate SCA Survivors, Bystanders and First Responders
4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 9
Hear survivor stories, learn more about San Diego organizations committed to saving lives, celebrate San Diego’s HEARTSafe Community designation and so much more.
SCA survivors enjoy exclusive Summit 2021 programming in addition to a dedicated Community Strategies & Survivorship track.
NEW THIS YEAR
A survivor-focused plenary session — The Unspoken Realities of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival: A Roundtable Discussion
Join us in San Diego so that we can celebrate and learn from you.
Connect, share and relax in a casual setting.
Awards & Recognition
Summit 2021 is an opportunity to recognize the numerous ways in which individuals and organizations are championing SCA awareness and resuscitation around the world.
Hans Dahll Award
This prestigious recognition is presented at each Summit in honor of the late Hans H. Dahll, founding director of the Citizen CPR Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors from its inception in 1987 until 2000. The award recognizes the outstanding contributions and leadership of a professional working to advance the field of resuscitation, research and education. Learn more on the details page.
40 Under 40
Meet the leaders who are making meaningful contributions to SCA outcomes. Do you know someone who fits that criteria? Nominate them now through July 30, 2021.
William H. Montgomery Award
Sponsored by the Laerdal Foundation for Acute Medicine, the William H. Montgomery Award recognizes the lead presenter at each Summit conference. Learn more.
People Saving People
An initiative of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, the People Saving People award recognizes “ordinary people with ‘extraordinary’ spirits who helped save the life of someone experiencing SCA,” according to SCAF. Submit a nomination until Oct. 15, 2021.
PSA/Video Minute Contest
Submit a 90-second PSA to help increase SCA awareness and/or recognition of a heart attack, the importance of bystander CPR and AEDs. The five top-ranked submissions will be shown at Summit 2021 for final voting. Visit the contest page for full details on how to enter. The PSA/Video Minute Contest is a partnership between the Citizen CPR Foundation and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.
Get an early start on your Summit 2021 experience with in-depth, interactive workshops that help you focus on a particular area of expertise.
- Community Resuscitation Officer — A Swiss Army Knife for HEARTSafe Communities: Learn how to identify and coordinate a multifaceted team — your community’s Swiss Army Knife — to increase neurologically intact survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
- Advanced Law Enforcement Emergency Cardiac Response: Law enforcement often serves as first responders, which means their cardiac emergency resuscitation training is especially critical. Didactic and tactile learning phases, along with reality-based training scenarios, help sworn peace officers enhance their life-saving skills, especially while under stress.
- HeartSafe School Workshop — Project Adam: On any given day, as much as 20% of the U.S. population is in a school. Learn how to better prepare your area schools with an AED program that facilitates efficient SCA response.
- Post-Arrest Care: A Practical Workshop for ED and Hospital-Based Providers: Using a mix of lectures, case-based exercises and group discussions, you’ll create a practically-oriented syllabus for post-arrest care education that you can implement within your own provider teams.
- HEARTSafe Community Workshop — A Blueprint for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival: Jumpstart your area’s HEARTSafe Community designation and save more lives from SCA in this one-day workshop.
- American Heart Association Healthcare Quality Network: A Culture of Resuscitation Excellence: As champions for continuous improvement in resuscitation education, these organizations and instructors drive a “Culture of Resuscitation Excellence” anchored in the adoption of comprehensive and measurable quality solutions to improve survival from cardiac arrest. The AHA invites healthcare instructors, faculty, and coordinators to come learn about new AHA healthcare instructor roles and the important connection between resuscitation education and quality improvement initiatives to improve outcomes from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) and in-hospital cardiac arrest (IHCA).
- American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Bridging and Skills Boost: Join the American Red Cross for an in-person bridging class to ensure you are certified to deliver the new and exciting FirstAid/CPR/AED portfolio of classes. This in-person session is open to current American Heart Association and ASHI instructors and training center faculty. In addition, the Red Cross will offer optional, in-person skill boost instructor classes for instructors who wish to teach the following new American Red Cross skill boosts: Life-Threatening Bleeding and Tourniquet Application, Head, Neck, Muscle, Bone and Joint Injuries and Splinting.
Learn from and connect with a dynamic line-up of leaders in resuscitation, education and implementation. Get American Heart Association and American Red Cross updates, as well as the latest science, training and community response to help attendees individually contribute to a shared goal: save more lives.
- I.M.LAB Inc.
- Prestan Products
- MD Solutions (MDSI)
- Readiness Systems
- Rescue One
- Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation
- Advanced CPR Solutions
- AED Professionals
- AED Superstore
- AHA/RQI Partners
- Armstrong Medical
- Becton Dickinson
- CPR Wrap
- Master Medical Equipment
- American Red Cross
- FC Safety
- SAM Medical
- Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association
LOCATION · SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Town and Country Hotel & Resort
Who says you can’t do lifesaving work while you relax and recharge? Even in December, sunny San Diego’s 70 miles of coastline are the perfect spot to escape for some beach reading or a quick dip in the Pacific Ocean. Fun fact: there’s a reason that San Diego is known as “California’s Beach City,” even amid stiff competition!
Head back from the beach to the heart of downtown San Diego for an ideal blend of work and play. Summit 2021’s location at the centrally located Town and Country Hotel & Resort puts you within a short walk or ride to delicious dining, rooftop cocktails and, this time of year, dazzling holiday light displays. Stroll the picturesque streets of the Gaslamp Quarter, lined with an eye-catching mix of modern architecture and Victorian-era buildings. Here, you’ll find no shortage of bars, restaurants and shops — what better way to recharge or finish your holiday gift shopping? From fine dining to casual gastropubs and craft beer to an underground wine lounge, tempt your tastebuds with the flavors of San Diego — choose from more than 100 restaurants and bars in the Gaslamp Quarter alone.
Venture just beyond downtown San Diego for more culinary and cultural destinations, including Little Italy (try the pizza) and Barrio Logan (don’t miss the murals). It’s no wonder that San Diego is the perfect place for Summit 2021 attendees to reconnect and recharge. All that’s missing is you!
Summit 2021 COVID-19 Requirements
The safety and wellbeing of all attendees continues to be top of mind as we prepare for Summit 2021, including the decision to hold the conference in person in San Diego.
We are committed to bringing you a safe, educational event that’s planned under the guidance of local health experts, as well as in accordance with all local, state and federal guidelines. Specific COVID-19 safety protocols include the following:
- Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required in order to receive your Summit 2021 badge and enter the event. Alternatively, you can present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of your arrival in San Diego to gain entry.
- Masks are required in indoor spaces, except while actively eating or drinking.
- Physical and social distancing is strongly encouraged, both in indoor and outdoor networking spaces.
Summit 2021 COVID-19 FAQs
Is there a vaccination requirement at this year’s Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit?
Yes. However, if you are not vaccinated or opt not to disclose your vaccination status, you must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of your arrival at Summit 2021. Only vaccines authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization will be accepted.
When is a person considered fully vaccinated?
Two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
If applicable, when do I need to take a PCR test?
Unvaccinated individuals, or those opting not to disclose their vaccination status, must take a PCR test within 72 hours of arriving at Summit 2021. Only those who present a negative test result will be allowed entry into the event.
Here are some sample testing windows:
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