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Liz Shares How to Run School AED Programs

How to create successful school and community defibrillator programs Liz started working with Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) back in 2003. Since then, she’s acquired a wealth of experience and knowledge about how to create and manage public access defibrillator programs successfully. One of her pro tips: promote CPR and AED awareness throughout the community! Watch …

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Chris and His Now-Famous Video of Cardiac Arrest Survival

Watch Chris describe the story and footage of when he suffered cardiac arrest Unlike most victims and survivors of cardiac arrest, when Chris Solomons’ heart stopped beating, he was being filmed by the BCC. The documentary crew that had been creating a series about his air ambulance team captured Chris when he crawled into work …

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Insights from Survivors and Rescuers

Dr. Dainty wants to bring real experiences to CPR training and AED design Dr. Katie Dainty does not think that CPR training should just happen in a comfortable, air-conditioned room with a mannequin flat on the floor. Rather, she suggests that we make CPR training realistic. What if someone is sitting in a chair, what …

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Paramedic Advocates for CPR and AED Education

Debra shares ideas on how to improve AED awareness and access After witnessing someone fall through the ice at a lake, Debra entered the medical field as a critical care paramedic and became a CPR/AED educator. This formative experience, combined with her father’s Sudden Cardiac Arrest survival, motivates her commitment to spreading awareness about CPR …

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CPR Instructor on a Mission to Save Lives

On both a professional and personal level, Marilyn understands the importance of CPR and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). In her work as a critical care nurse, she has seen how early CPR and defibrillation increase survival chances for Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) patients. And having lost nine family members to SCA, she wants people to …

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Kemoy Campbell: Olympian and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivor

Kemoy Campbell, a Jamaican distance runner and Olympian, went into Sudden Cardiac Arrest while pacing the men’s 3000-meter race at the 2019 NYRR Millrose Games. Around the 1000-meter mark, he stepped off the track, collapsed suddenly, and lost consciousness. His heart had stopped.

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Meggie Saves a Collapsed Olympian with CPR

Meggie was sitting in the balcony, spectating the 2019 NYRR Millrose Games, when Olympian Kemoy Campbell collapsed on the track beneath her. His heart had stopped and he was in Sudden Cardiac Arrest.  She ran down the stairs, entered the track, and began performing CPR. Although she’s not a medical professional, her actions as a bystander …

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Victoria Reflects on Witnessing a Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Victoria was sitting in the balcony, spectating the 2019 NYRR Millrose Games, when Olympian Kemoy Campbell collapsed on the track beneath her. His heart had stopped and he was in Sudden Cardiac Arrest.  After a moment of initial confusion, she quickly realized Kemoy was not moving or breathing. In this interview, Victoria reflects on witnessing Kemoy’s …

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Community CPR Training

Learn from CPR & AED instructor, John Cobb! Formerly a military hospital corpsman, John tells us about how he transitioned to working as a civilian training instructor.  He now focuses on creating a friendly and welcoming environment when teaching Basic Life Support courses. In doing so, he wants his students to understand the importance of …

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Steve, a Grateful Cardiac Arrest Survivor

Steve was playing softball with his buddies when his heart stopped and he collapsed due to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). While his friends did their best to respond, fortunately, there was a nurse and EMT nearby picking their children up from school.  Without their quick action, and the help of a police officer carrying an …

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Hockey Sudden Cardiac Arrest and AED Rescue

Kevin survives cardiac arrest on the ice At Avive, we’re fortunate to meet Sudden Cardiac Arrest survivors and responders from all walks of life. Rarely, however, do we hear stories where the AED brought to the rescue didn’t have pads – and the victim still lived!  Kevin shared his remarkable story with Avive during the …

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