October 8, 2012

SCA Month Reflection—Why Teach Emergency Care?

As you know, October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Awareness Month. The SCA Foundation encourages everyone to learn CPR and how to use an AED, and reminds us that SCA, “which differs from a heart attack, affects more than 1,000 people each day, and on average, fewer than 1 in 10 victims survive.” (SCA press release, October 2, 2012.)

Although most people reading this post teach basic life-saving skills, or at least know how to perform them, perhaps most of us also remember the time before we knew those easy techniques. Certainly that’s one of the worst feelings we can experience: watching someone suffer right in front of us and feeling helpless to assist because we just don’t know what to do or are reluctant to try for fear of making the situation worse.

Even the simple task of calling 911 might elude us in that adrenaline-charged moment. As we teach and go through our rescue scenarios again and again with our students, we should remember that the reinforcement they receive through their practice really might make a difference someday.

To be the facilitator of that knowledge is truly a soul-satisfying experience and a primary motivator in choosing training as our life’s path.

Today I want to share with you the words of ASHI Instructor Jeff Geloneck of the Blood Alliance Group, whose powerful message comes through loud and clear in this moving video clip.



Thank you Jeff and all the Instructors and Training Center Directors out there who make such a big difference every single day. Please share YOUR story with us in the comments field below. Was there one moment or event in your life that motivated you to become an emergency care Instructor?


Spread the word throughout SCA month

Don’t forget that HSI provides ready-to-distribute 30- and 60-second public service announcements on our DVD “Push Here to Save a Life.” They are ideal for your local media and a great way to highlight how easy saving a life can be. They are free of charge and you can get yours by contacting us at


Push Here To Save A Life



Kristine Rice, Marketing Programs Manager

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