Daniel I. Simon, MD, receives UCI’s Stephanie Tubbs Jones Neighborhood Leadership Award for training 300 to 400 residents and employees in CPR and AED
CLEVELAND -- Sudden cardiac death is responsible for the loss of approximately 500,000 lives each year. But studies show that in communities where people are trained in hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillation (AED), survival rates are vastly improved.
This was the impetus for the creation of a sudden cardiac death-free zone in University Circle, where University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center is located. This initiative was recognized by University Circle, Inc., at its annual meeting recently when its president, Chris Ronayne, recently presented Daniel I. Simon, MD, President, UH Medical Centers, with the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Neighborhood Leadership Award.
The award commended the UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute, in partnership with UH EMS Training and Disaster Preparedness Institute, for training 300 to 400 residents and employees of University Circle organizations in hands-only CPR and AED administration in the summer of 2018. The organizations included the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Institute of Art and Tinkham Veale University Center at Case Western Reserve University. Training consisted of a 2.5 hour classroom session and 30 minutes of hands-on training with mannequins.
While outside of University Circle, UH also trained 200 to 300 “Red Coat” volunteers at Playhouse Square.
Bystander CPR and Defibrillation Saves Lives
“King County, Washington EMS (emergency medical services) led the way in studying survival rates of cardiac arrest patients who received bystander CPR and defibrillation versus those who didn’t,” said Dr. Simon. “Based on their outcomes, we know that training community members in these lifesaving techniques can have an immensely positive impact on survival of sudden cardiac arrests that occur outside of hospitals.”
Dr. Simon also remarked that although some people are hesitant to perform CPR because of the mouth-to-mouth component, the American Heart Association led a study to show that hands-only CPR and early defibrillation are very beneficial to patients who suffer cardiac arrest. “Training more people means saving more lives,” said Dr. Simon.
Ohio high schools also are recognizing the importance of training. Legislation was implemented during the 2017-2018 school year stating students in that class and all others that follow must receive CPR and AED instruction prior to graduation.
Stop the Bleed Initiative and “Go-Bucket” Program
UCI also honored Dr. Simon and UH EMS Institute for their “Stop the Bleed” training initiative. Stop the Bleed is a national initiative from the Department of Homeland Security to train teachers and the general public in bleeding control techniques to assist severely bleeding persons. Under the direction of Dan Ellenberger, the institute’s director, Stop the Bleed has trained more than 5,000 teachers and school staff members in 21 counties throughout Northeast Ohio.
UH EMS Institute has donated more than 5,000 emergency “Go-Buckets” to more than 100 school districts in the communities UH serves. Each bucket contains essential supplies to be used during an active shooter or other traumatic event. Earlier this year, Ellenberger accepted a national award – the 2018 EMS10: Innovators Award – for developing and implementing the Go-Bucket program.
Additionally, UH provides Stop the Bleed training and Go-Buckets to local safety forces, including the University Circle Police Department. Several lives have been saved thus far by using these supplies.
“I was just a representative of UH when I accepted the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Neighborhood Leadership Award,” said Dr. Simon. “It’s an incredible honor and privilege to represent UH, UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute and UH EMS Institute as they are recognized for these important initiatives.”
“Sudden cardiac death is preventable when bystanders are properly trained, and I’m proud that UH is leading efforts in Northeast Ohio to provide the members of our communities the skills they need to help save lives,” he said.