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Inspiring Stories From People Who Saved The Lives Of Strangers

Get basic life-saving skills training to help save lives as a part of the new "Minutes Matter" campaign in Pittsburgh

A person eating in a fast food restaurant comes to the aid of a man who overdosed on heroin.

A hospital worker dining with friends saves the life of an unresponsive man by administering CPR with another good Samaritan.

Those are two inspiring stories of Pittsburghers whose actions meant the difference between life and death to two strangers.

You never know when it might be YOUR turn to help save someone's life. That's why University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the City of Pittsburgh have partnered on a campaign called "Minutes Matter."

Minutes Matter | UPMC + The City of Pittsburgh Partnership


The goal of Minutes Matter is for everyone to learn basic life-saving skills, since bystanders are often on the scene before first responders arrive. In other words, you never know when you might find yourself at the scene of an accident, cardiac arrest, overdose, or other crisis, and be the only person victims can rely on to help them survive. A TV commercial rolling out the campaign aired in February's Super Bowl.

Knowing what to say to the 911 operator, clearing a path for emergency workers, or knowing how to perform CPR, stop the bleeding, or deal with an opioid overdose could help save lives, and you'll learn them from the Minutes Matter training.

You can sign up for formal training sessions about life-saving techniques, like basic CPR and using AED defibrillators on the program's website.

Once you're trained you can sign up for an app called PulsePoint that alerts you to an emergency in your immediate vicinity. When an emergency is reported to 911, users of the app and trained medical professionals will receive a notification, allowing them to get to the victim and administer help before paramedics get there.

While the campaign's organizers would like everyone to get formal CPR and first aid training, there is basic information in short videos can be found on the Minutes Matter website.

How can you start something good?

If you want to be better prepared to save someone's life, sign up for formal training. A number of organizations, like the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association provide classes and seminars. Or, visit the Minutes Matter events calendar for more information on training sessions.

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