The Click Family Foundation Commits Funding to Support Lifesaving Training and Research

January 24, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. - Thanks to the Click Family Foundation, the Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center, the research arm of the University of Arizona Department of Emergency Medicine, will be able to purchase a new resuscitation mannequin to conduct research and provide training to the general public on chest-compression-only CPR.

Daniel Beskind, MD, MPH, FACEP, the Emergency Medicine Services director of the Base Hospital at the University of Arizona Medical Center-South Campus, is the head of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson medical student Resuscitation Education and CPR Training Group, known as REACT. The Resuscitation Research Group, in collaboration with the UA Sarver Heart Center, pioneered the research and advocacy of chest-compression-only CPR. 

REACT conducts free training in lifesaving skills such as chest-compression-only CPR to members of the general public. Last year, the REACT group taught 3,004 people compression only CPR, where training is provided using resuscitation mannequins. (For a training video that highlights how one girl saved a classmate after learning chest-compression-only CPR, please view 

The donation will help to enhance the program’s training capabilities and serve to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of community members performing chest compression only CPR in saving lives. 

“The donation from the Click Family Foundation is greatly appreciated and will help the UA Department of Emergency Medicine continue providing training in life-saving skills, while also ensuring that those skills are based on proven research. We have two exciting research projects evaluating the effectiveness of an ultra brief video in chest compression only-CPR and we could not complete these projects without this equipment. Mr. Click has been a tremendous support to us and the emergency medicine community as a whole,” said Dr. Beskind. 

Dr. Beskind is assistant professor at the UA Department of Emergency Medicine and is the co-developer of the educational series, Advanced Disaster Preparedness & Response, a four hour course for health professionals designed to improve care for disaster victims. As part of the Knowledge Transfer Collaborative, Dr. Beskind and other Department of Emergency Medicine faculty members provide innovative, continuing education in the field of emergency medicine to interdisciplinary, health professionals worldwide.

About the Department of Emergency Medicine
The Department of Emergency Medicine faculty provide adult and pediatric emergent and urgent care services for over 100,000 visits per year at The University of Arizona Medical Center - University Campus (UAMC), a level 1 trauma center providing trauma care to the most seriously injured patients in Southern Arizona, Northern Mexico and Southwestern New Mexico, and at the University of Arizona Medical Center - South Campus (UAMC-South) faculty provide emergency, urgent care and behavioral health care to the community. Research conducted by the Department of Emergency Medicine and the AEMRC has led to milestone achievements in prehospital care, cardiac arrest, trauma resuscitation, sepsis, medical toxicology, emergency bedside ultrasound, wilderness medicine and pediatric emergency medicine.