NCEMSF is excited to start Collegiate EMS Week with National Collegiate CPR Day. This annual event was created to educate as many college students as possible across North America in the basic principles of CPR on a single day. Campus-based emergency medical service providers on college and university campuses across North America will join together to educate their fellow college students in the basic principles of CPR and provide them with the skills to save a life. This year's Collegiate CPR Day is on November 11, 2024. 

We hope that you will join us in our efforts to teach others CPR and provide them with the skills to save someone’s life. We have created a resource packet (available for free download below) as a supplement to the main EMS Week packet, to help make your CPR Day event a success. There are many different activities that you can plan to spread the knowledge of CPR. You can hold an information session to introduce the basic principles of CPR; or you can set up an information table and encourage people to try CPR on mannequins. This is your chance to be creative and to allow your organization to stand out. Information and tips on event planning can be found in the main EMS week packet. 

This is a chance not only to educate, but also to highlight the pivotal role that campus based EMS organizations play in contributing to the overall safety and health of the colleges and universities they serve. The goal is not necessarily to certify individuals in CPR but rather to educate them in the key steps ...

Call 911 ... Position your hands in the center of the chest ... Push hard and fast!

pdf CPR Day Packet 2022 (900 KB)

Contact the NCEMSF EMS Week Coordinator with questions: emsweek@ncemsf.org


American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care Program Field Staff would welcome inquiries from NCEMSF contacts to work together towards common goals related to HEARTSafe Campuses, National Collegiate EMS Week and Collegiate CPR Day. If you are interested in connecting with American Heart Association staff, email Neil Como or Tom Mossotti.

AHA Science and Training:  The American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) Programs deliver a dynamic message of hope — the hope of saving lives.  New treatments have improved the possibility of survival from cardiovascular emergencies, cardiac arrest, and stroke. These new treatments offer the hope of improved quality of life for people who suffer these events.  Increasing public awareness of the importance of early intervention and ensuring greater public access to defibrillation will save many lives.  ECC programs train more than 12 million people every year by educating healthcare providers, caregivers, and the general public on how to respond to these emergencies. 

ECC Mission: The ECC Programs Department is responsible for implementing program initiatives, and providing guidance and support to the ECC Training Network. The ECC Mission supports this responsibility. The Mission of the American Heart Association's ECC Program is to reduce disability and death from acute circulatory and respiratory emergencies, including stroke, by improving the chain of survival in every community and in every health care system. To learn more about ECC, visit www.heart.org/cpr

Train the next generation of lifesavers: The CPR in Schools Training Kit empowers students to learn the core skills of CPR in under 30 minutes, and teaches AED skills and choking relief. The easy-to-use kit is designed specifically for the needs of school educators. It’s portable, allowing for convenient movement from classroom to classroom and easy storage, and its reusable. The CPR in Schools Training Kit was developed by the American Heart Association and incorporates the very latest science. The kit was designed to be portable and all the pieces conveniently fit into a red zip top tote that can be moved easily from class to class.  The Mini Anne Plus manikins are reusable and more durable than the standard Mini Anne, therefore a good match for student-age learners.  Unlike the standard manikins, the MA+s have a “Hard” or “soft” clicker option to allow students to reach the proper compression depth with more or less force. The kit contains everything needed to facilitate a CPR in Schools training class for 10 students at once. And the process can be easily repeated to train an entire class, a grade or even an entire school. One kit can train hundreds of students! To order your kit(s) or for more information visit www.heart.org/cprinschools

About the American Heart Association:  The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, our organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters working tirelessly to eliminate these diseases. We fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to save and improve lives. Our nationwide organization includes 144 local offices and nearly 2,700 employees. We moved our national headquarters from New York to Dallas in 1975 to be more centrally located. The American Stroke Association was created as a division in 1997 to bring together the organization’s stroke-related activities. 

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