Special Events at ECCU

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association and the ECCU Conference

New This Year!
The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association's Annual Conference (the largest gathering of cardiac arrest survivors) will be held at ECCU! Co-locating these two conferences gives SCA survivors the opportunity to attend the 'Survivor' track of sessions tailored to the needs of survivors and families, and mix with the legions of resuscitation professionals, researchers and community champions at ECCU. SCAA welcomes all ECCU attendees to stop by our conference registration table, to learn more about the exciting new programs and resources SCAA can offer you. For additional information, go to http://www.suddencardiacarrest.org.

A 2012 Mass Training Initiative Held in Conjunction with ECCU

Saturday, September 15
Noon – 5:00 p.m.

ECCU 2010's "CPR Across the USA" concluded with a successful mass training on the flight deck of the USS Midway aircraft carrier in San Diego just prior to ECCU 2010. This year's goals are even more ambitious, with CPR events planned around the globe in conjunction with the conference. The final one will be held at the Orange County Convention Center, near the site of ECCU 2012, on the final day of the conference. ECCU participants are encouraged to attend.

Download the flyer here for more information. To register call 407-836-6277 or www.OCFL.net/CPRtraining.

For information about how your community can participate in "CPR Around the World," contact Maureen O'Connor, the initiative's leader, at moconnor@sandiego.gov or visit www.cpraroundtheworld.org.

"Pay it Forward" Survivor Celebration Dinner

Thursday, September 13
6:30pm – 10:00pm

Join friends and colleagues for our very special "Pay it Forward" Survivor Celebration Dinner at the Rosen Shingle Creek. Hear inspiring and amazing stories by people from across the world who are alive due to the fusion of science, good Samaritans who performed CPR, access to AEDs, effective EMS response and excellent medical care in the hospital—truly a team effort!

Survivors play a special role at the ECCU conference and in the Citizen CPR Foundation's mission to serve as a catalyst for community action. The Survivor Dinner at the last ECCU conference in San Diego was the highlight of the meeting for many, with new friendships forged for a lifetime. We expect this year's dinner to be even bigger, with the most survivors ever together in one place.

This elegant event begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. The evening will feature music, entertainment and personal presentations from SCA survivors, their families and rescuers. These success stories will be sure to inspire all to "Pay it Forward," each in their own way.

Individual tickets are $100. Table sponsorships (10 seats per table) sell for $2,750 and can be arranged by calling Sherry Meyers at 703-533-0251 x1704. Be sure to reserve your ticket now, as the event sold out at ECCU 2010.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Citizen CPR Foundations' Survivor Program Fund.

Presented in part by

The Military Training Network Meets at ECCU

Join us for a joint service exchange of best practices, techniques, and experiences to help you meet your training program challenges. Program directors, program administrators, ECC instructors and faculty from MTN's affiliated training sites will have a unique opportunity to network with Tri-Service national faculty, MTN staff and peers to enhance and expand skills and energize existing programs. The sessions will include:

MTN's special pre-conference workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 11th from 8:00am – 5:00pm.

Tour Reedy Creek Emergency Services, Disney's EMS Provider

Friday, Sept. 14th

(Buses will be leaving at different times throughout the day. Check on-site for departure times and location.)

Reedy Creek Emergency Services (RCES) was created in 1968 to provide EMS and fire functions within Walt Disney World¨. Learn how this unique service provides the "Magic behind the Magic." This informative one-hour tour gives an overview of Reedy Creek's unique EMS delivery, including its fire protection system monitoring, specialized integrated 9-1-1 system, its successful public access defibrillation program and the Medical Assistance Response Cart (MARC) unit program. Learn how it extends the Disney philosophy of customer service to include emergency response. Additional transportation fee of $15.

Enter the ECCU "Video Minute" Contest!

The prize for first place is an AED!

The Citizen CPR Foundation (CCPRF) and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation (SCA FDN) are partnering on the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU) 2012 "Video Minute" Contest. Join us at ECCU on September 11-15, 2012, in Orlando, FL, as we recognize the best videos aimed at increasing awareness about CPR, automated external defibrillators (AEDs), and/or recognition of a heart attack. The contest for outstanding public awareness messaging will be back with best video clips, YouTube videos, public service announcements (PSAs), and other video strategies promoting citizen CPR and AED use.

Develop a video about CPR/AED use, submit your entry for consideration, and find out how you measure up against the competition.


  1. Videos must begin with a title and may be no longer than 90 seconds in length.
  2. File size must be less than 500 MB.
  3. Formats accepted: AVI, MPEG, WMV, MOV (Quicktime).

Videos will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers on the basis of creativity, production quality, and overall impact.

The deadline for submission is August 17, 2012. Videos will be reviewed, scored, and ranked, using a set of evaluation criteria. The five top-ranked submissions will be played for 2012 ECCU attendees during plenary sessions. The winner will be announced during the closing plenary session on Saturday, September 15 at 9:20 a.m. An AED will be awarded to the top-rated video. Other prizes include the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation's popular "Push Hard & Fast Here" t-shirts.

After the conference, the top videos will be featured on the CCPRF website, and the SCA FDN website, Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

To submit your video:

  1. To enter the ECCU 2012 "Video Minute" Contest you first need a YouTube account. It's free and easy. Sign up here.
  2. Upload your video to http://www.youtube.com/SCAFoundation.
  3. New to YouTube? Learn how to make your video suitable for the contest here.
  4. Check out copyright rules listed here.
  5. Send an email to eccuvideo@sca-aware.org. Include the following information:
    1. Title of your video/video file
    2. Name of the submitting organization
    3. Name, phone and email for the primary contact person.
It's that easy. Questions? Contact eccuvideo@sca-aware.org.

People Saving People Award Nomination

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation's "People Saving People" award honors "ordinary" people who have helped save the lives of victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). This year's award will be presented at ECCU 2012. Nominees for the award should be individuals who helped save the life of a SCA victim, but had no work-related duty to respond to the victim. The case must have occurred within the past five years (2007 or later). The first place winner will receive an automated external defibrillator that may be donated to an organization of the winner's choice. For more details and/or to nominate someone for this award, visit www.sca-aware.org.

Hans H. Dahll Award

The late Hans H. Dahll was a founding director of the Citizen CPR Foundation and served on the Board of Directors from its inception in 1987 until 2000. The Foundation created the prestigious Hans H. Dahll Award in his honor and has presented the award at every ECCU conference since 1990. This year's award winner is Dr. Lance Becker, one of the most highly regarded scientists in the field of cardiac resuscitation. Hear his special talk on the future of resuscitation Thursday morning.

William H. Montgomery Excellence in Education Award

All concurrent sessions that are selected for presentation at ECCU 2012 will be eligible to win the William H. Montgomery Excellence in Education Award. This award is named in honor of Dr. William H. Montgomery, who served as co-founder and president of the Citizen CPR Foundation for more than 15 years and who remains on the CCPRF Board as an emeritus member. A plaque and $1,000 honorarium will be awarded to the lead presenter of the concurrent session determined to be the best presentation. The award is designed to promote the highest level of educational content