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June 29, 2011

Our local EMS providers have truly appreciated the help volunteered by the Miami (Florida) Heart Research Institute in partnering with the fire departments on community health screenings, on developing a tracking system for cardiac arrest outcomes with local hospitals, and on providing the public with education on doing Chest Compression Only CPR for victims of cardiac arrest. Fire Rescue has worked very hard to provide the absolute best, latest and greatest treatments for sudden cardiac arrest to save as many victims as possible. The missing piece of the chain of survival in Miami, however, is the public, because our paramedics rarely find the public doing CPR: It is absolutely critical that anyone who witnesses a cardiac arrest knows to call 911 and to start chest compressions right away (no mouth-to-mouth breaths needed) to save a life! "Push Hard, Push Fast, JUST DO IT!" is the critical message to all.

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working closely with Fire Rescue to help the public decrease their risk of heart disease and to survive sudden cardiac death

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Keep expanding their projects!

Professional with expertise in this field & I helped facilitate the partnership between the Research Institute and Fire Rescue, and am seeing the results.