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Sur­vival from out-of-hospital ven­tric­u­lar fib­ril­la­tion car­diac arrest is extremely vari­able through­out the United States with high sur­vival rates of 62% in Seat­tle and King County Wash­ing­ton, and low sur­vival rates in other major com­mu­ni­ties. 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 Mis­sion

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.

Spe­cific Goals:

  • 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.


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