CPR in America, The First-Ever TV Special Teaching America Hands-Only™ CPR, Premieres on WXXI-TV 10/15

Release Date: 
Thu, 10/29/2015

For immediate release
Contact:   Dresden Engle, Dresden Public Relations, Dresden@dresdenpr.com, (585) 319-1812
Kristin Tutino, WXXI , ktutino@wxxi.org  585-258-0253 (office) 585-259-5884 (cell)


(Rochester, NY) October 13, 2015 – Second Opinion, WXXI’s national health series, is collaborating with the American Heart Association to co-produce a national television special designed to teach Hands-Only CPR to all of America. CPR in America premieres on WXXI-TV and PBS stations across the country Thursday, October 15 at 8 p.m.

Each year, more than 326,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States, and 90% of those people die.  Survival rates can double or triple if the victim receives CPR right away.  Yet, 70% of Americans feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they don’t know how to administer CPR or they’re afraid of hurting the victim. But, a 2012 study showed that people who view a Hands-Only CPR demonstration are significantly more likely to deliver lifesaving chest compressions.

CPR in America is hosted by Second Opinion’s Dr. Peter Salgo and taped before a live studio audience of survivors, volunteers and rescuers. The hour-long special provides easy to understand Hands-Only CPR demonstrations and shares interviews with doctors to explain why the chain of survival is important to saving more lives. It also features documentary-style survivor stories of three families whose lives were drastically changed by a cardiac event. Viewers will meet survivor Carolyn Robinson of Rochester, NY, whose daughter saved her life when she had a heart attack; Annette Adamczak of Akron, NY, who has trained more than 18,000 people CPR; and The Knowles of Greece, NY, who performed lifesaving CPR on their 7-year-old son.

Also on the program is Elisabeth Rohm from Law & Order and Star Jones, one of the original co-hosts of The View, who will share their personal stories of heart disease.

The show will coincide with the updated 2015 AHA CPR Guidelines being released that same day and will include two of the doctor’s involved in writing the new guidelines.

A television broadcast like CPR in America is a ground-breaking initiative, and Second Opinion, the only regularly scheduled health program on public television, is well positioned for the task.  By collaborating with the American Heart Association, a leader in resuscitation science for over 50 years – training more than 17 million people worldwide every year, CPR in America will teach as many people as possible the life-saving skill of Hands-Only CPR.

More about Second Opinion
Second Opinion is WXXI’s fast-paced and provocative healthcare series focuses on health literacy in an engaging, entertaining and accessible way. A patient story provides the backbone of each episode as full-time medical practitioner Dr. Peter Salgo leads a panel of medical specialists through the twists and turns of one patient's real-life medical mystery. Second Opinion airs Thursday at 8:30 p.m. and repeats Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 12:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV. The series is distributed by American Public Television. Major funding for Second Opinion is provided by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), which has sponsored the series since 2004.

About the Rochester American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers in WNY. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved with the Rochester affiliate, call 1-585-371-3112, visit the local Rochester website www.heart.org/RochesterNY.


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