The Illinois Heart Rescue Project is pleased to announce a request for proposals (RFP) for Community Action Grants (CAG) to organizations that recognize the need to improve sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survival rates in their communities, faith-based organizations, schools or places of employment. The awardees of the community action grants will receive CPR and AED training kits worth over $3,000. Letters of intent are due April 15th, 2017. For more information, download the application packet ...More
The New York Times published this article in its October 24th Health Section. The article explains how survival rates can improve if everyone learns to recognize the signs and symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest and to take the three simple steps needed to save a life. The full article can be found by clicking on the following link:More
Carrington College has developed an Infographic to help get the word out how easy it is to do bystander CPR.
Performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, commonly referred to as CPR, is a skill that everyone can and should learn. Yet many have only seen CPR performed during a television show or movie and don’t know how to properly apply the life saving technique. Unfortunately, approximately 400,000 of cardiac arrests each year happen outside of hospitals, according to Carrington College. If CPR ...More
Illinois high school students will be able to learn CPR with new equipment thanks to Illinois Heart Rescue and WorldPoint.
As part of their mission to train as many Illinois residents as possible, Illinois Heart Rescue (ILHR), a non-profit dedicated to increasing survival for cardiac arrest, has teamed up with WorldPoint, an American Heart Association distributor, to create kits that are being donated by Illinois Heart Rescue to all Illinois high schools. The kits will be distributed to ...More
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced a program that will provide matching funds for Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) to any School, Public Park District, Municipal Recreation Department, Conservation District, Forest Preserve District, College of University in the State of Illinois. The grant provides 50% of the funds necessary to purchase this life-saving equipment. The deadline for applying is 5pm Friday October 30th, 2015. More information can be foundMore
A Chicago high school swimmer who almost died from an undiagnosed heart condition wants more people to learn CPR after it saved her life. About two weeks ago, Claire Luning, who just started her junior year, passed out in the pool during swim team practice. Her coach, Mack Varilla, said he could tell something was very wrong. He pulled her from the pool and immediately began administering CPR, reviving her. Now, she wants others to learn how to do the simple steps to save a life. View the ...More
High school teachers throughout Illinois will receive CPR training-toolkits from Illinois Heart Rescue – a nonprofit dedicated to increasing survival for cardiac arrest.
The kits include DVDs in more than six languages that provide simple instruction in how to perform CPR and use automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to restart a stopped heart. Mannequins to practice chest compressions on are also included. Learn more here
ROCKFORD (WIFR) – OSF Healthcare and Illinois Heart Rescue are teaching people about heart resuscitation.
The six-hour workshop is designed to teach dispatch-assisted CPR, high performance CPR, and pre-hospital hypothermia.
The workshop session includes group discussions, lectures, and hands-on learning exercise. The workshop took place at the St. Anthony College of Nursing today.
Peoria area fire department staff, 911 dispatchers and other rescue squad personnel Monday participated in a Resuscitation Academy Workshop sponsored by the Illinois Heart Rescue Project. Program Director Teri Campbell says health providers across the state will be invited to participate in these events. See the full story here.
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SPRINGFIELD – George Laman wonders why nobody used the nearby portable defibrillator to restart his daughter’s heart when she died while practicing with her high school drill team. Eric Bell says he is alive today because his son learned CPR. Now their two suburban families have formed a partnership that’s behind state legislation to require high school students to learn how to use the heart-starting device and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.More
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. SCA affects approximately 350,000 people in the United States per year and claims more lives than stroke, lung cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined. It is the largest killer of persons over 45 years old.
The risk of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) increases with age. The risk also is higher if you have underlying heart disease. Men are two to three times more likely to have SCA than women. SCA rarely occurs in children unless they have inherited problems that make them likely to have SCA.
The major risk factor for SCA is coronary heart disease (CHD). Most people who have a SCA have some degree of CHD. However, these people may not know that they have CHD. Many SCAs happen in people who have silent CHD and no known heart disease prior to SCA.
Other risk factors for SCA include:
- High blood cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Diabetes and pre-diabetes
- Overweight and obesity
- Lack of physical activity
- A personal history of arrhythmias
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Drug or alcohol abuse
The single most important factor for improving survival rates in Illinois is teaching as many people as possible to recognize SCA and to immediately 1) Call 911, 2) do hands-only CPR and 3) use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). Contact us and we will come to your organization with a team of volunteers who will train your church members, employees or friends.
It is also important that your church, work or community have an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and that people on your team are trained how to use it. Learn more where to purchase one here.
The Illinois Heart Rescue project consists of a team of healthcare professionals, first responders, advocacy groups and community-based organizations who are committed to improving SCA survival rates in the State of Illinois.
Illinois Heart Rescue’s Mission is to:
- Train as many state of Illinois residents as possible to recognize and react to Sudden Cardiac Arrest when they witness it;
- Educate Pre-hospital first responders, including EMS and 911 Dispatchers, using updated team-based Incident Command guidelines.
- Educate Hospitals to the survival benefits of hypothermia after SCA, and the assessment of neurological impairment, by establishing SCA protocols.
- Create a SCA Survivors Network in order to provide support for new SCA survivors and their families.
- Improve the collection of data in order to have accurate metrics regarding the incidence of SCA and outcomes.