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Podcast: Bringing CPR into schools

A week ago, Resuscitation Council UK, together with the British Heart Foundation and the famous football player Fabrice Muamba, presented a 100,000-signature petition to Downing Street in order to make CPR mandatory part of school curriculum in the United Kingdom.

European Resuscitation Council spoke with Dr. Andrew Lockey, representative of Resuscitation Council, about their efforts to increase survival rates of sudden cardiac arrest in the UK by educating thousands of school children.

To find out how you can help, visit the BHF website.
Read one of my older posts, to learn what happened to Fabrice Muamba.

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Haiti still needs help


Help Haiti by supporting the International Medical Corps (IMC), a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization, founded by volunteer doctors and nurses and dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering.

There are still thousands of patients seeking treatment of which approximately 80% are in need of surgery and are running out of time – especially with the tremendous aftershocks still devastating this country. The IMC team is treating crush injuries, trauma, substantial wound care, shock and other critical cases with the few available supplies – And they’re in it for the long haul.

You can help by donating funds, volunteering in Haiti, or just spreading the word (put the above widget on your site). With this organization you can be sure your money is going to the ones that need it. IMC is highly efficient, with more than 92% resources going directly to program activities.

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Living in Emergency

Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders. Live on December 14

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. Today, MSF provides aid in more than 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters.

Thanks to Mark Hopkins, the director of Living in Emergency documentary, and his crew you have a chance to see what work for Doctors Without Borders really looks like in the field. Living in Emergency was filmed in war zones of Libera and Congo with unprecedented access to field operations. The story follows four volunteer doctors as they struggle to provide emergency medical care under extreme conditions.

Here is the trailer:

If you live in the US, you have a chance to participate in the unique one night event. Elizabeth Vargas, Anchor of ABC News 20/20, will host this event featuring the critically acclaimed documentary “Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders” and will moderate a LIVE panel discussion with MSF frontline aid workers and award-winning journalists. The event will be broadcast via satellite on December 14, from the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYU in New York City to over 440 select movie theaters nationwide.

Follow Doctors Without Borders on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Hands can do incredible things…

…but nothing compares to using them to help save a life

Hands only CPR

American Heart Association is conducting a promotional campaign to motivate and educate people to learn and if necessary perform Hands-Only CPR.

They say that…. “When an adult has a sudden cardiac arrest, his or her survival depends greatly on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby. But less than 1/3 of those people get that help. Most bystanders are worried they might do something wrong or make things worse.”

Could not agree more.

Among other very useful materials, they have created this great interactive web application called Hands Symphony which is so incredibly fun. Try it and share it with other. If you get only one person to learn Hands-Only CPR, that would be a great thing.

Hands Symphony

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