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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..