Survival from out-of-hospital ventricular fibrillation cardiac arrest is extremely variable throughout the United States with high survival rates of 52% in Seattle and King County Washington, and low survival rates of 0% in Detroit, 3% in Chicago, 5% in New York, and 7% in Los Angeles. Even more fundamental is the fact that only 40 communities in the US have rigorously measured and reported their survival rates. Most communities have no idea how they are performing in terms of managing sudden cardiac arrest. Why is this? There are answers. As proven in Seattle and King County, managers and directors of EMS systems can learn the steps they need to take to improve survival.
The goal of the Resuscitation Academy is to improve survival from cardiac arrest. This will be achieved through the enrollment of EMS managers, EMS directors and EMS medical directors, in a program conducted by Seattle Medic One and King County EMS.
- Learn how to define the cardiac arrest survival rate in the host community.
- Understand the principles of the Utstein template and how to report data.
- Develop a concrete plan of action to improve survival.
- Measure the effect of the plan of action on cardiac arrest survival.
Full tuition is provided by generous support from the Medic One Foundation in conjunction with these Academy sponsoring agencies. The Academy is thankful for their ongoing support and commitment to improving cardiac arrest survival rates.
The Resuscitation Academy would like to acknowledge the following organizations for their generous contributions to the Resuscitation Academy Fellowship program.