Cardiac & Resuscitation, Documentation & Patient Care Reporting, Patient Care

Cardiac Arrest in Mecklenburg County, N.C.: 1,000 Lives Saved

Since January 2010, Medic in Mecklenburg County, N.C., has saved 1,000 people from sudden cardiac arrest.(Photo courtesy Medic)

November 2, 2019 marked a significant milestone in Medic’s journey to save lives in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. That day, Medic documented the 1,000 sudden cardiac arrest survivor (SCA patients discharged from the hospital) since January 2010. This patient is not just a number; he is a father, a husband and a son who is now back home with his family and has many more years of life left to live.

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This achievement is the result of decades of work since the early 1990s to gather knowledge, utilize the latest technological advancements and improve processes aimed at saving lives. As demonstrated in the chart below, survival-to-discharge in Mecklenburg County increased by 634.7% from 1992 to 2009.

Cardiac arrest report provided by Medic.

During this time period, Medic researched extensively to understand CPR best practices used throughout the country, including feedback devices to inform compression quality. Medic also collaborated with local first responders and healthcare partners to create a choreographed approach to cardiac arrest care producing a chain of survival that best serves patients from the beginning of their emergency to discharge from the hospital.

Survival rates have increased by an additional 37.5% in Mecklenburg County since 2010, during which Medic began using data inputs to monitor the impact of new processes on cardiac arrest patient outcomes. Medic consistently reports the highest survival rate in North Carolina and nearly double the national average.