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Program Overview

Program Overview (2-Day Course)

The program consists of three phases:

1. Pre-Program

Attendees are required to do the following pre-course preparation:

Complete the assigned readings (see Resources).

Collect samples of all available sources of cardiac arrest data and bring them to the Academy. This could include dispatch CAD reports, pre-hospital patient records, defibrillator data, and hospital records. These documents will be reviewed and discussed throughout the course.

2. Course and visit to Seattle and King County (2 days)

The 2-day intensive portion of the course will consist of a blended learning experience. Lectures, small group discussions, and break out options include:

  • Lectures and discussions on data, QI program development, training, and leadership moderated by the national leaders in cardiac arrest resuscitation.
  • Live, interactive demonstration of resuscitation choreography with EMTs and paramedics.
  • Learn how to obtain data and analyze tape recordings from Physio Control defibrillators and AEDs to provide in-depth feedback to Medical Directors, EMTs, and paramedics.
  • Learn about King County’s Cardiac Arrest Surveillance System, a registry of all cardiac arrest patients for whom CPR is performed in King County excluding the city of Seattle.
  • Sit with a subject matter expert who dissects CAD reports and dispatcher-assisted CPR instructions for bystanders.
  • In depth session to learn about data sources, Utstein criteria, and cardiac arrest registry systems.

3. Post-course Expectations

Attendees are expected to:

1. Enroll their community in a cardiac arrest data surveillance system in order to measure CA survival.

2. Develop and undertake a quality improvement project. Academy faculty will provide mentoring to attendees as needed.


Certificates of completion will be awarded after successful completion of the course. The certificate will be jointly awarded by Seattle Medic One and King County EMS. The Resuscitation Academy does not offer continuing education credits.


Priority is given to EMS leaders from Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska. As space allows, applicants from other EMS agencies must be administrative directors, medical directors, or active managers of EMS programs or emergency communications centers.

Strong organizational support is critical for participation and subsequent success. We require organizations to send representatives from both medical direction and EMS operations. The opportunity to have the team experience the Academy and collectively plan improvement activities is invaluable. Please see FAQ’s about accommodations, transportation, etc..