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Video: Cardiac Arrest Survivor Story

This video from Alameda County EMS is a powerful testimonial about the importance of bystander CPR, early first responder arrival, and paramedic care in the cardiac arrest chain of survival. Everyday EMS Tips for capturing survivor stories and testimonials:

1. Follow-up with patients, especially when they contact your organization after the incident. Ask permission to video their story.
2. Partner with a professional video production company (they may do it at a low cost for a public service agency) or ask a video production class at local high school or college to help.
3. Feature all the characters in the story – bystanders, first responders, paramedics, and patient.
4. Edit video to be about three to five minutes.
5. Widely distribute video on your organization website, other organization websites, social media sites like YouTube or Vimeo, and invite local television to broadcast during news shows.

Cardiac Arrest Survivor Story – Berkeley Fire from Thaddeus Setla on Vimeo.

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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.