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.

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Summit 2021:
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.

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Featured Pre-Con

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.

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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.

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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.

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Program Highlights

Featured Speakers

Why should you attend the Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit? Hear directly from some of the resuscitation experts we’ll welcome to San Diego.

Ed Racht, MD

CCPRF Summit 2021 Program Chair
Chief Medical Officer Global Medical Response/American Medical Response

For more than 30 years, Dr. Ed Racht has been recognized and awarded as a leader in Emergency Medical Services and healthcare systems. He currently serves as Chief Medical Officer at American Medical Response since 2010 and serves as Chair of the Texas EMS, Trauma and Acute Care Foundation, an organization that provides advocacy, strategic planning and healthcare system credentialing in the State of Texas. He is also this year’s Summit Program Chair and featured speaker.


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 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.


Dan Dworkis, MD, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor at USC’s Keck School of Medicine and Founder of The Emergency Mind platform and podcast

Dan Dworkis, MD PhD, is a clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine at USC’s Keck School of Medicine, a board-certified emergency medicine physician at Los Angeles County and USC Medical Center, and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He trained at Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency, and holds an MD and a PhD (Molecular Medicine) from the Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Dworkis built The Emergency Mind platform and podcast to help individuals and teams perform better under pressure in and out of the emergency Department.


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.


Surprise Celebrity Speaker


Plenary Session TBD



Resuscitation Education: Science, Implementation and Innovation

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.


Hospital: Clinical Challenges & Innovations

Explore new science, innovations and cutting-edge strategies to effectively implement guidelines and overcome challenges specific to the clinical environment.


Community Strategies & Survivorship: Engagement, Awareness & Support

Engage the entire community in supporting survivors, improving community safety and reducing SCA survival disparity.


EMS, Fire & Law Enforcement: Public Safety Challenges & Innovations

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 CEs

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.

Continuing Education Accreditation
The program is approved by Center for Healthcare Education, Inc. for continuing education credit for EMTs, Paramedics, Nurses, and Dental Professionals. Center for Healthcare Education, Inc. is a nationally recognized provider of quality continuing education courses. The content of each session and the qualifications of each speaker have been approved by a panel of medical experts to ensure participants receive up-to-date information relevant to the practice of emergency medicine and pre-hospital care. Hour for hour continuing education credit for successful completion is awarded according to national regulatory agency requirements. International participants will receive an official certificate upon completion that meets and exceeds continuing education requirements established by United States EMS, Dental, and Nursing certification boards. Accreditation is provided for Nurses (CEP# 11246), EMT/Paramedics (CAEMSA# 33-0011), and Dental professionals (#RP5122) through the Center for Healthcare Education, Inc.

CPR Saves Lives Rally

A Celebration of SCA Survivors and First Responders

Dec 9 from 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Riverfront Park

The Citizen CPR Foundation’s 2021 Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit is thrilled to feature a special track just for survivors: Community Strategies & Survivorship: Engagement, Awareness & Support. And for the first time ever, this year’s Summit has a survivor-focused plenary session, The Unspoken Realities of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival: A Roundtable Discussion

Dan Mohrbacher, a retired firefighter/paramedic, says: “I’ve been waiting 30 years for a survivor-focused session. I’ve had people tell me on the scene that they didn’t do CPR because the last time they did it, they hurt someone. People are left feeling like they may have hurt their loved ones, not to mention the many challenges that survivors navigate, including brain trauma. I’m so looking forward to this conference.”

Special Prices Just for Survivors

Survivors $60 per day; $175 full conference registration includes all sessions and the Summit 2021 Opening Reception on Tuesday, Dec. 7.

Head to Riverfront Park from 4:45 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9, and join the CPR Saves Lives Rally. This event is free and open to the public. Celebrate sudden cardiac arrest survivors and frontline medical professionals at this rally focused on survival. Hear from SCA survivors, San Diego City Council Member Raul Campillo, Co-Medical Directors Joelle Donofrio and Chris Kahn, and Citizen CPR Foundation leaders. The rally will also include:

  • Student-led mass by Our Lady of Peace Academy
  • Live, guided hands-only CPR training
  • Live performance by local group Fairfield Fats Band––at 110 bpm, of course![KRS2]
  • Opportunities to learn from and connect with local advocacy groups like American Heart Association, American Red Cross, Save a Life, Parent Heart Watch, Project Heartbeat and the San Diego Lifeguards

Public parking will be available in the parking garage south of the Convention Center.

Survivor Rally sponsored by Falck

For Survivors

SCA survivors enjoy exclusive Summit 2021 programming in addition to a dedicated Community Strategies & Survivorship track.


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.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Get an early start on your Summit 2021 experience with in-depth, interactive workshops that help you focus on a particular area of expertise.

Workshops include:

  • 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. The American Red Cross is covering all costs for every attendee accepted.
  • Resuscitation Academy (RA) Pre Conference Workshop: The Resuscitation Academy’s goal is to create a world where no one dies from cardiac arrest. We work with EMS agencies around the world to improve their chains of survival through HP-CPR, T-CPR, data collection/analysis, and more. During our pre conference workshop, you will hear from 3 different communities about their journeys to save more lives from cardiac arrest. They will share their successes, as well as how they overcame the barriers they encountered. We will also give real-life examples of how to analyze and use your cardiac arrest data to design positive change. Additionally, we will reflect on what we think the future holds for the treatment of cardiac arrest patients, and you will hear what we’re working on next. Participants will have the opportunity for networking, asking questions, and discussing their own barriers to saving lives from cardiac arrest.

Volunteer with the Citizen CPR Foundation at the Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit in San Diego this December 7-10. Receive a half-day pass by volunteering a minimum of 4 hours and receive a full-day pass by volunteering a minimum of 8 hours. For more details and to sign up, click below.

Volunteer Here


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.

Exhibits & Sponsors

Experience the latest in resuscitation products and services in a fully interactive environment that includes hands-on demos, live presentations and more!




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  • AED Professionals
  • AHA/RQI Partners
  • American Red Cross
  • Armstrong Medical
  • Avive
  • Becton Dickinson
  • Care 2 Innovations
  • Coro Medical
  • CPR Wrap
  • Defibstore
  • Defibtech
  • FC Safety
  • Good SAM
  • Healthstream
  • Heart Cert
  • HSI
  • I.M.LAB Inc.
  • Innosonian
  • iSimulate
  • Laerdal
  • Master Medical Equipment
  • MD Solutions (MDSI)
  • myTASystem – Powered by HeartCert
  • Philips
  • Prestan Products
  • Pulsara
  • PulsePoint
  • Readiness Systems
  • Rescue One
  • RescueStat
  • SAM Medical
  • SaveStation
  • Stryker
  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association
    Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation
  • Ursus
  • Weinmann
  • WorldPoint
  • Zoll


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!


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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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