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How Your Neighborhood Affects CPR Survival


We've all heard the CPR checklist: Check the airway, start chest compressions, tilt the head back, and breathe.

But here’s something that’s not taught at your CPR class: People who fall ill in a higher income neighborhood are more likely to survive.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we’ll look at the economic divide and how it relates to this emergency medical intervention with Dr. Paul Chan from St. Luke's Health System. Also, we'll talk about the newest developments for the resuscitation method with Dr. Joseph Salomone, medical director for  the Kansas City Fire Department and its EMS

Dr. Paul Chan is a cardiologist with the St. Luke’s Health System. He is one of the researchers involved in the collection and study of data related to Bystander-Initiated CPR.  The results of that study was published this past October in the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Chan attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Joseph Salomone is the medical director for the Kansas City Fire Department. Dr. Salomone graduated from the University of Nevada School of Medicine in 1983. After completing a one year internship in general surgery in 1984, and he completed the emergency medicine residency at Truman in 1986. Dr. Salomone was selected as the first Emergency Medicine Research Fellow at Truman, and completed his research fellowship in 1987 with focus on EMS and Toxicology. Subsequently he held positions as Research and Fellowship Director and then Medical Director of Ambulance Services for Kansas City, Missouri. Following a year in private practice at St. Joseph's Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, he returned to Truman and served as Associate Residency Director from July of 1990 until August 1997. He was appointed Associate Professor in 1994 and served as the Residency Program Director from 1997 to 2002. Learn more about Dr. Salomone here.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.