How to save a life: CPR and AED use


As cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) significantly increases the chance of survival in someone who has experienced a cardiac arrest it is important you know what to do in case you are a witness.

Did you know that cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death on school campuses and the leading cause of death for student athletes? In today’s podcast on CPR and AED (automated external defibrillator) use, we discuss key points about what to do in case you are a witness of cardiac arrest– including how to perform CPR, who to call, how to use an AED, and how you can become trained in CPR. 

Be sure to check out Project ADAM, an amazing organization who is committed to saving lives by empowering schools and communities to be prepared for a cardiac arrest through hands-on training, as well as CPR and AED education. 

This episode was written by Dr. Lena van der List, Dr. Dean Blumberg and Abby Michalak 

We would like to thank Dr. Heather Siefkes, a pediatric intensivist here at UC Davis Children's Hospital and Rebecca McCormac, project ADAM coordinator for reviewing today's episode, although Dr.  Dean and I take responsibility for any errors or misinformation. 

 Supplemental Information

Cardiac Arrest: save a life in 5 steps

Project ADAM

UC Davis Project ADAM

American Red Cross- child and baby CPR

UC Davis Health- CPR classes offered

American Heart Association

Videos with CPR/AED training

Project Adam Sacramento Hands Only CPR and AED Training Video

AHA Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED Online Demo


Photo from American Heart Association