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Hudson Valley Faculty Member to Assist in Developing National Resuscitation Guidelines

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, September 1, 2004

Bob Elling of Colonie, a member of Hudson Valley Community College's Paramedic Department faculty, has been appointed by the American Heart Association as the Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) Guidelines Editor/Writer for Basic Life Support. The role of the ECC Guidelines Editor/Writer is to assist the AHA in producing the national principles for resuscitation, known as the "Guidelines 2005."

Basic life support covers topics such as: assessing the unresponsive patient for signs of circulation, rescue breathing, dealing with airway obstructions, delivering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and the use of the automated external defibrillator (AED) on victims of cardiac arrest. The Guidelines are updated every five years, based on scientific evidence and research findings presented to the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation and the American Heart Association's Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee.

The AHA, whose mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke, plans to publish the "Guidelines 2005" in their journal, Circulation. Once published, the new principles may have an impact on the hundreds of publications and videos the AHA utilizes to train the public and healthcare providers in both emergency procedures and the care of the victims of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Elling, a full-time clinical instructor in the paramedic program for the past 12 years, also is a part-time paramedic for the town of Colonie and a faculty member at the Andrew Jackson University in Alabama.

In the past three decades, Elling has published several books, magazine articles and instructional video scripts for EMS workers. He is a member of the regional faculty for the state Department of Health Emergency Medical Services Bureau and the American Heart Association and a member of the NYS Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.