NEWS | June 8, 2018

CPR training marathon at the Capitol helps share life-saving skills

Aimee Moulin and John Rose, UC Davis emergency medicine faculty members, were among the specialists who taught hands-on CPR on the North Lawn of the state Capitol yesterday at an event organized by the California chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

Nearly 1,000 people participated and learned CPR at the event, which featured tents, EMS vehicles and experts from the UC Davis Fire Department, EMS Medical Directors Association (EMDAC) and other emergency response agencies.

Moulin is a professor of emergency medicine and ACEP president. Rose is EMS medical director for UC Davis Health and Yolo County EMS agency and a member of EMDAC, which provides leadership and expert opinion in the medical oversight, direction and coordination of Emergency Medical Services for the State of California.

CPR group training ED docsEmergency medicine physicians Jennifer Kristjansson, Sarah Medeiros and Tiffany Schegg direct a hands-only CPR session with participants.

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Bystander CPR, an essential skill for everyone

Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States.

“When someone goes into cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby,” Moulin said. 

“About 90 percent of people who suffer out-of hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed immediately, doubles the rates of survival for cardiac arrest,” she said.  

A cardiac arrest occurs when a person’s heart stops beating and they are no longer breathing.  The lack of responsiveness is a sign to start CPR, experts say.

Other training opportunities

The UC Davis Center for Professional Nursing and the UC Davis Fire Department offer training on CPR and other life support skills.