Medtronic Philanthropy’s HeartRescue Project is committed to improving survival rates for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
To improve cardiac arrest survival rates, EMS providers and EMS leaders must change their mindset about snatching life from the jaws of death.
Telephone CPR has been shown to dramatically increase bystander CPR rates in OHCA and is associated with improved patient survival.
Statewide EMS protocols and training offer a unique opportunity to rapidly disseminate evidence-based best practices to a large audience and ensure a coordinated approach when multiple agencies work together to resuscitate a patient.
Engaging the community in CPR education and removing barriers to EMS activation will help improve bystander CPR rates.
Collaborations between hospitals, EMS, first responders and others initially benefited STEMI patients, but once those relationships were built, they provided the foundation for other improvement efforts, such as the statewide cardiac arrest program.
Encouraging survivors to tell their stories not only helps in their own recovery, but it also raises community awareness about CPR and public access to AEDs, supports advocacy efforts and assists in the recovery of other survivors.
The HeartRescue Project’s partners have learned much about improvement from their shared experiences at all levels of the system.
The HeartRescue Project has adopted a model of quality improvement, and many communities have reaped real benefit.
The efforts of the HeartRescue Project partners have saved the lives of thousands of cardiac arrest victims. Jose Garcia is one of those survivors and this is his story.