Thread: CPR Inventor dies
08-05-2003, 07:11 PM #1
CPR Inventor dies
CPR Inventor Dies
MSNBC NEWS SERVICE
WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 — Dr. Peter Safar, credited with inventing the mouth-to-mouth resuscitation technique, has died, the American Heart Association said Monday. He was 79.
Safar died Sunday, the association said in a statement. It did not give a cause of death.
“Safar’s pioneering efforts and accomplishments in emergency and critical care medicine, resuscitation, life-saving first aid and disaster triage have saved countless lives and gained international recognition,” it said.
“In the late 1950s, Safar proposed the A-B-C (airway, breathing, circulation) sequence of resuscitation, including the technique of ’mouth-to-mouth’ rescue breathing.”
The Vienna, Austria-born Safar helped create the organization that would become the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine in 1976.
He survived a Nazi labor camp and emigrated to the United States, where he became a citizen in 1959.
Safar lived in a suburb of Pittsburgh and was a professor at the University of Pittsburgh medical school.
I am sure the "ABC's" are something that we all have used at one time or another.
I am sure he felt good about the number of lives that we have all saved (and will continue to save) with something as simple as A...B...C..."No one ever called the Fire Department for doing something smart..."
08-06-2003, 10:28 AM #2
08-07-2003, 06:58 PM #3
I hate to ask, and I mean no disrespect to the recently departed, but did anyone initiate CPR?~Kevin
Of course, that's just my opinion. I could be wrong
08-07-2003, 07:48 PM #4
- Join Date
- Nov 1999
- Lakes Region of NH
I hope he was aware of just how many lives he touched with his methods and teachings. Seems odd almost, that after all these years the ABC's are still the guidelines for modern EMS treatment and evaluation. To have the courage and strength to survive a death camp is remarkable, to strive to give others a better chance to live is nothing short of heroic. God bless Dr. Safar.Proud to be an American, Union Firefighter!
08-07-2003, 08:15 PM #5
I thought the same thing.. arent we terrible?
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