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5 Ways to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of CPR

Fifty years ago CPR was invented by combining mouth-to-mouth resuscitation with chest compressions to create cardiopulmonary resuscitation. While a lot has changed in the last fifty years the underlying concepts of applying external mechanical force to assist circulation with the goal of coronary and cerebral perfusion remains the same. Information from the AHA on 50 years of CPR.

Here are five Everyday EMS Tips for celebrating 50 years of CPR.

1. Host a Happy Birthday CPR party using the Family and Friends CPR Anytime Personal Learning Program. Materials available from

2. Sponsor a community CPR class at your station.

3. Write a press release about the usefulness and importance of bystander CPR for your local newspaper.

4. Invite a local media personality for a CPR demonstration at your station and to talk about the chain of survival.

5. Plan a recognition banquet during EMS Week for CPR survivors in your community.

Share your ideas for celebrating 50 years of CPR.

Bonus tip: Share this video from Justin Schorr of the Chronicles of EMS on your blog or website.

60 Second Life Saving Tip – CPR Party from Thaddeus Setla on Vimeo.


By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.