Our Approach

Our approach includes three components

  1. Community response – mass education in compression only CPR and automatic external defibrillator (AED) use;
  2. Pre-hospital response – rapid dispatch of first responders and defibrillators; high quality CPR and team based resuscitation.
  3. Hospital response – coordinated post-cardiac arrest intensive care including hypothermia protocols. The key elements of our system include regional organization and coordination, institution of the single best plan for treatment at every point of care, ongoing measurement and prompt feedback, and the establishment of teams of health professionals that span all aspects of cardiovascular emergency care.

The key elements of our system include regional organization and coordination, institution of the single best plan for treatment at every point of care, ongoing measurement and prompt feedback, and the establishment of teams of health professionals that span all aspects of cardiovascular emergency care.

In order to assess our progress in the project, we will use data from THE Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES). These data elements specify details of the cardiac arrest episode of care including patient identifiers, dispatch time, bystander chest compressions, and type of arrest, AED use, outcome of resuscitation, hospital destination, and hospital application of hypothermia, and neurologic outcome.