The University of Illinois at Chicago, M.S. Ramaiah Medical College and Memorial Hospital of Bangalore, India, and Medtronic announced the launch of HeartRescue India. The first–of–its–kind, $4.4 million, five–year collaboration funded by Medtronic Philanthropy supports community–based projects in Bangalore to lower deaths due to sudden cardiac arrest. Partner organizations of HeartRescue India, which include Research Triangle Institute International and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, will work on community outreach efforts to teach the signs and symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest; how to perform life–saving CPR; and how to call for help in an emergency.
Dr. Timothy Erickson, head of the UIC Center for Global Health; BellurPrabhakar, associate dean for technological innovation and training in the UIC College of Medicine; and Dr. Terry VandenHoek, head of emergency medicine in the UIC College of Medicine, will coordinate UIC’s partnership with M.S. Ramaiah Medical College to provide emergency care expertise.