The ECCU 2012 program is viewable by date or by topic area. Click on images below:


After the conference sessions on Saturday, please join us for the "CPR Around the World" mass training event at the nearby Orlando Convention Center.

7:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m.

Breakfast with the Experts

Pick a table by topic and join our expert faculty, including members of the AHA ECC national faculty, for informal dialogue during this complimentary continental breakfast.

8:00 a.m.
8:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Tom Aufderheide, MD, President CCPRF & Vinay Nadkarni, MD, CCPRF Conference Program Chair

Plenary Session

8:30 a.m.
9:20 a.m.

Going the Distance: The Evolving Role of Telemedicine and Mobile Health

Ronald Poropatich, MD, Deputy Director, Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, U.S. Army

Life is a battlefield! Hear a fascinating military perspective on cutting-edge technology that promises breakthroughs on the battlefield and in our civilian communities. Learn how soldiers' vital signs, attention, activation and behavioral health are being monitored and used to adjust deployment/ activities in hostile environments, and how these techniques potentially could be applied to cardiac arrest and resuscitation. Dr. Poropatich uses his encyclopedic knowledge of the topic, he will present real world solutions that were up until recently only a dream.

Plenary Session

9:20 a.m.
10:10 a.m.

Profiles of Courage: The Greatest Resuscitation Stories Ever Told

Tom Aufderheide, MD; Vinay Nadkarni, MD & William Montgomery, MD

Come join us for a rousing Plenary Session closing ECCU 2012 and the world's largest Cardiac Arrest survivor summit. We will celebrate by recognizing the winner of the William H. Montgomery Excellence in Education Award. The top five ECCU Public Service Announcements will be recognized and the winner announced. The AHA grant recipients will be recognized. The Ceremonies will conclude with a personal description and re-enactment of "the greatest CPR rescue story ever told."

Concurrent Sessions

10:30 a.m.
11:20 a.m.


Working with Your Medical Director to Set Up, Equip and Test Your Workplace Emergency Response Team

Barbara Caracci, NREMT; Paul Satterlee, MD & Donna Siegfried

Hear how the National Safety Council has worked with its medical director to set up and to oversee its in-house emergency medical response team, covering 92,000 square feet and 200 employees. The topic is relevant and timely because of new OSHA mandates related to internal emergency response in select industries.

Gather, Analyze, Summarize: Debriefing Using the AHA Model

David Rodgers, NREMT-P & John O'Donnell, DrPH

Debriefing in advanced ECC courses is an essential component for achieving learner success. The AHA introduced the Structured and Supported Debriefing Model to assist instructors with integrating more effective debriefing into their ACLS and PALS courses. Learn the rationale behind the model, examine its use and explore its potential for improving learner outcomes.


Advanced Resuscitation Training

Daniel Davis, MD

Despite recent advances in resuscitation science, cardiac arrest outcomes remain stagnant. The dramatic and broad-based success observed through San Diego's Advanced Resuscitation Training (ART) programs reflects a novel approach to resuscitation oversight and education.

How to Use In-Situ Clinical Simulation to Improve Response

Camillia Bruhweiler, NREMT-P

In-situ simulation (simulation that is physically integrated into the clinical environment) provides a method to improve reliability and safety in highrisk areas. Implementing this can provide your health care institution with solutions that bridge the gap between the traditional classroom and the contextual experience. Hear about one health care system's experience, including its successes, lessons learned and improvements in patient care.

Concurrent Sessions

11:30 a.m.
12:20 p.m.


Using Videoconferencing for Remote Skills Verification and Recertification

Ted Crites, CHES

Learn innovative ways for implementing a CPR/ AED training program for the recertification of geographically isolated providers. Topics include: online learning to meet knowledge objectives; video-based synchronous practice (video-guided practice); instructor/student interaction; conducting performance evaluations; synchronous and asynchronous situations; and remediation.

The Use of Structured and Supported Debriefing

David Baumrind, EMT-Critical Care & David Hiltz, NREMT-P

Gain insight from two instructors who attended Seattle's Resuscitation Academy and put the lessons to work at home at EMS agencies in Eastern Long Island, New York. Learn how a debriefing is not just about a single cardiac arrest, but every arrest that follows.


Using Digital and Mobile Technology to Enhance Accessibility

Jack McMaster, MBA

Hear the president of Preparedness Health and Safety at the American Red Cross tell how his organization is expanding its reach and access of information to the general public, through advancements in technology in both digital and mobile applications.


Restoring the Heart and Preserving the Brain: A New Paradigm in Resuscitation

Marvin Wayne, MD

Hear from a pioneer in the use of therapeutic hypothermia (and one of the authors of the ResQ Trial study, published in the Lancet), how new technologies can make a difference in survival rates.


Implementing PEARS in the EMS and Hospital Environments

Jennifer Ashcraft, RN; Nancy Famolare, RN & Jane Romano, RN

Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS) course trains healthcare professionals to recognize pediatric emergencies quickly and to stabilize the child until advanced medical care can be provided—with the goal to decrease the number of cardiac and respiratory arrests in this population. First hear from AHA's senior product manager for pediatrics why this course is important, who it's geared toward and how you can customize it to meet the specific needs of your students. Then, in the second part of this session, Nancy Famolare and Jane Romano will provide strategies for implementing PEARS in the hospital setting. The session will conclude with strategies for implementing PEARS in the pre-hospital setting.