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CPR goes Hollywood

I joined "Access Hollywood Live" hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover and "Scandal" star Katie Lowes to demonstrate CPR on national TV! filmed live on the Access Hollywood set to demonstrate how easy it is to learn Hands-Only CPR. The segment also aired on E! Network. Check it out!


Empowering Voices

Danielle on Hands only CPR with Trinity church:


National Go Red Day

As most of the U.S. battles winter blizzards and storms, this Friday the entire nation will be seeing red. February 4, 2011 is National Go Red Day, and February is American Heart Month. The American Heart Association is urging Americans to join the battle against heart disease. The American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign.

As you probably already know, heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women, taking the live's of 1 in 3 women each year. This means mothers, sisters, friends - are dying at the rate of one per minute because they don't know what you know: That heart disease kills.

Join the Go Red For Women movement, spread the word and Wear Red this Friday, February 4,2011.
Click here to find an event near you.


50 Years of CPR

Over the past fifty years, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, has become a household term. In fact, it's become a term commonly heard and a concept taught in schools, community centers, houses of worship and places of business daily around the country. For many people, it's hard to remember or imagine a time before CPR.

Last August, I had the honor of participating in the documentary taping of  "Hands of Time: Celebrating 50 years of CPR" which was filmed in Texas for the American Heart Association.

I was so in awe and so grateful to have been the only paramedic and CPR instructor selected to participate in this video. For me, I was representing the voice of emergency responders and CPR instructors everywhere.

I also had the privilege of being accompanied with some very special people, such as, survivors of sudden cardiac arrest, a teenager who performed CPR in order to save her grandmother's life, as well and woman whose brother was the very first CPR recipient 50 years ago. This experience was amazing.

I think about what a huge advancement CPR has been and wonder what life-saving emergency procedures were like before it. Then I thought about other discoveries that also occurred over the past 50 years. CPR is in good company with the pacemaker, in-vitro fertilization, MRI's, GPS, DNA fingerprinting, jet liners, smoke detectors and cell phones. It's incredible to think about what life was life before any of these.

Just recently, the American Heart Association had released new guidelines. I am happy to include these guidelines as a regiment in my training. There are big advancements to the new procedures that make both learning and training simpler than before. There are also more ways to participate in classes, from kits, online CPR video instruction, phone applications and classes.

Since the documentary, I became so inspired by all of the heartfelt stories, that I made it a life priority to train 5000 people over the next year as my personal crusade. This I felt to be a most fitting way to honor both the survivors and rescuers.

Please join my cause by contacting Heart Savers and Educators, Inc., and ensure that your workplace has the proper CPR and First-Aid training.

Yes, it's true, in 50 years so much has changed. But we still know that the most important thing in our lives is a beating heart.


CPR on the GO

Pocket First Aid
American Heart Association offers an iPhone App

Want to always have the life-saving teachings of CPR with you at all times? Download the iPhone CPR and First Aid App!

The first Pocket First Aid and CPR App includes the most up-to-date emergency information from the American Heart Association. Review first aid and CPR procedures anytime, anywhere, from your home, car or on-the-go! View illustrations, and informational videos, along with recent updates for AHA first aid

The new 3.0 version also includes child and Infant CPR, Child and Infant Choking, along with 12 quick reference guides for emergencies.

Prepare yourself with the Pocket First Aid App. Available on the IPhone App Store.

So here's to you CPR. Happy Golden Anniversary!
Danielle Cortes DeVito


"She was clearly understood and very informative. Danielle was just great, enjoyed her and the course very much."
- Mark B.