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Membership in SaveMIHeart is open to individuals and groups with an interest in improving survival from out of hospital sudden cardiac arrest in Michigan. Our members are asked to utilize their resources to contribute to our Mission by engaging their communities, educating the public and health care providers on cardiac arrest best practices, and advocating for cardiac arrest victims. rates. 

   Teri Shields, RN BSN

Program Coordinator
State of Michigan CARES

Phone: 734.232.5205




Each year, more than 350,000 out of hospital cardiac arrest occur in the United States. When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on receiving CPR immediately.  If CPR is performed immediately it can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance to survive.

Anyone can perform Hands-Only CPR.  If you have to perform CPR in an emergency you will most likely be trying to save the life of a loved one: a child, spouse, parent or a friend. 

Hands-Only CPR has two easy steps. First (1) call 911 if you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse and second (2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest until help arrives.  When performing CPR push on the chest at a rate of 100 – 120 compressions per minute.  A song such as, “Stayin’ Alive” can help you push to the correct rate.

SaveMIHeart and community partners encourages everyone to learn Hands-Only CPR. 

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Teri A. Shields, RN BSN

Executive Director
State of Michigan CARES Program Coordinator

Phone: 734.232.5205

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