Larissa Bedrick, communications director for the American Heart Association, and Steve Poffenberger, director of quality and staff development for Geisinger EMS join the podcast to discuss the science behind no-breath, hands-only CPR, traditional CPR training and certification, and how this new no-breath method fits into life-saving tactics.
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We estimate about 350,000 people will suffer from a sudden cardiac arrest each year outside of the hospital.
If bystanders perform CPR, the survival rate can double or even triple.
The hands-only CPR component is strictly designed for adults.
“It certainly empowers these young adults.
Larissa Bedrick, Communications Director, American Heart Association
Larissa joined the American Heart Association as communications director in June 2012. She is based in Harrisburg, Pa. and covers the Central PA, Lehigh Valley and Northeast PA regions. Larissa previously served as a public relations officer for the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Department of State, as well as served as the constituent services director for the Office of the Governor. She is also the immediate past president of the Pennsylvania Public Relations Society. Larissa is a summa cum laude graduate of Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in Film and Media Arts and a minor in political science, and is the proud daughter of a retired teacher.
Steve Poffenberger, Director of Quality/Staff Development, Geisinger EMS
Steve Poffenberger currently serves as the director of quality/staff development at Geisinger EMS (Geisinger Holy Spirit). He has been with the agency since October 1985 and has been an EMS provider for 43 years. He has acted as a paramedic program coordinator for HACC for the past 30 years. Steve volunteers for the American Heart Association on the PA Policy Advocacy Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University and currently lives in Dauphin, PA with his wife, Kathy.