Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Announces Two Contests in Recognition of National CPR-AED Awareness Week

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To recognize National CPR-AED Awareness Week (June 1-7), the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation today announced two contests designed to raise awareness and help save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The prize for first place in each contest is an automated external defibrillator.

Bystander Use of AEDs Improves Odds of Survival

Why Bystanders Need to Help

It's vital for the public to understand that when someone collapses and is unresponsive, they should call 9-1-1, start CPR or chest compressions, and use the nearest AED.

In recognition of National CPR-AED Awareness Week (June 1-7), the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation today announced two contests designed to raise awareness and help save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the nation's leading cause of death.

The first contest, the People Saving People Awards, honors 'ordinary' people with extraordinary spirits who helped save the lives of SCA victims. The purpose of the award is to increase awareness about the critical need for laypersons to be prepared to help in sudden cardiac emergencies.

"Bystander intervention often means the difference between life and death for victims of sudden cardiac arrest," said Norman Abramson, MD, FACEP, FCCM, SCA Foundation Chairman. "It's vital for the public to understand that when someone collapses and is unresponsive, they should call 9-1-1, start CPR or chest compressions, and use the nearest AED (automated external defibrillator)."

This year's awards will be presented at the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update(ECCU), a biennial conference of the Citizen CPR Foundation, to be held September 11-15 in Orlando, FL. The first place winner will receive an AED and free admission to ECCU. The deadline for nominations is July 13. SCA survivors are encouraged to nominate their rescuers and join the SCA Foundation's National SCA Survivor Network.

The SCA Foundation is partnering with CCPRF on the second contest, the ECCU 2012 “Video Minute” Contest. This contest is designed to encourage the development of videos that help raise awareness about SCA, CPR, AEDs, and recognition of heart attacks, which can lead to SCA.

Schools, colleges, youth sports teams, places of worship, and other interested parties are encouraged to develop videos, submit entries for consideration, and find out how they measure up against the competition. The deadline for submissions is July 27.

A joint panel of reviewers from both organizations will evaluate videos based on creativity, production quality, and overall impact. Winners will be announced at ECCU and posted on the SCA Foundation You Tube Channel. An AED will be awarded to the creators of the first place video.

About the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is a national community benefit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to raise awareness and save lives threatened by sudden cardiac arrest. The SCA Foundation maintains a national database of survivors and experts available to speak with the media.

About Citizen CPR Foundation (CCPRF)

Founded in 1987, the Citizen CPR Foundation is a non-profit organization comprised of four primary co-sponsors: the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and Industry partners. The mission of CCPRF is to save lives from sudden death by stimulating citizen and community action.

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