Save a Life, Save A Heart Teams Up with Cambridge EMS

2016-05-15 19.47.10

Save A Life, Save A Heart Teams Up with the EMS Systems of the City of Cambridge, MIT and Harvard Universities to Provide Community CPR Training at Brattle Plaza in Cambridge

  • Save A Life, Save A Heart is a national public health education initiative started in 2015 by Shivangi Goel, a junior at MIT
  • Free Hands-Only CPR Training will be held on Saturday May 14, 2016 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Cambridge, MA (May 10 2016) – Save A Life, Save A Heart (SALSAH) is a national public health education initiative that was started by an MIT student, which has teamed up with EMS providers for the City of Cambridge, MIT and Harvard Universities to provide free CPR training to the community on Saturday, May 14th.

Members of SALSAH, Cambridge Police and Fire Departments, Professional Ambulance (Pro EMS) as well as emergency medical personnel from MIT and Harvard will be teaching the lifesaving “hands-only” CPR technique at Brattle Plaza in Cambridge from 11:30 am-1:30 pm.

The event aims to raise awareness about the importance of learning this skill since according to the American Heart Association, those who die from heart attacks often do so because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. CPR is easy to learn with the new hands-only protocols, which emphasize maintaining a cardiac rhythm and quickly getting professional help.

SALSAH (www.salsahcpr.org) is a grassroots public health education initiative created by Shivangi Goel, a junior at MIT who has been a certified EMT since the age of 16. SALSAH provides free training in CPR and Basic Life Support Skills, such as Airway Management, to high school and college students, communities, and local organizations. Since enrolling at MIT, Goel has taken SALSAH nationwide and has established branches at MIT, Stanford, Washington University (MO), and other universities.  Goel also has plans to expand overseas. This summer, she is going to Mexico for five weeks to teach CPR to college students, and then will continue her education outreach in Singapore and China.

“I founded SALSAH after discovering that most states in the U.S. do not teach CPR and other life-saving techniques in public schools,” said Goel. “Effective bystander CPR can increase survival of heart attack patient by three times. By increasing public education in hands-only CPR and other life-saving techniques, we can give people the tools needed to play an active role in the health and safety of their community.”

The timing of this event also coincides with Stroke Awareness month, an effort by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association during the month of May to support and promote education about stroke symptoms and care. SALSAH is hoping its community initiatives will help to make it easier for individuals to assess these types of emergent health situations. In addition to CPR, people can also consider learning how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), compression techniques, and how to get involved in early cardiac arrest intervention.

“We are excited to work with SALSAH and all of the public agencies in the City of Cambridge to bring this education to as many people as possible,” said Danielle Rabickow, Director of Community Initiatives for Pro EMS. “It’s important that we’re able to go out into the community to help increase and improve survival of sudden cardiac arrest.”

For more information about the community education and training offered by Pro EMS and the Center for MEDICS, please visit www.proems.com.

About Professional Ambulance Service

Professional Ambulance Service (Pro EMS) provides emergency medical services to the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts in conjunction with the Cambridge Fire, Police, Emergency Communications and Public Health Departments. Additionally, Pro EMS provides emergency medical services to Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professional Ambulance has proudly served the citizens, students, and visitors of Cambridge for over 40 years. For more information, visit www.proems.com or call 617.492.2700.