Assembling the country's leading resuscitation experts
The HeartRescue Partners have demonstrated that SCA is a treatable event and have made significant advances in their areas of research and expertise to help save more lives.
The goal is to combine the strengths of each organization to create an effective SCA response program that can be tailored and replicated beyond their five states.
HeartRescue Partners will:
- Assess, coordinate, measure and support each level of response.
- Identify and address geographic disparities in resuscitative care for SCA victims.
- Build collective support to encourage local agencies to adopt new standards of care and measurement.
Arizona is particularly strong in statewide data collection and public education about SCA response.
North Carolina has a strong ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) initiative, as well as SCA programs in Durham and Wake counties that will be springboards to standardized SCA care.
The University of Pennsylvania Center for Resuscitation is a leader in hospital care, especially in resuscitation research, in-hospital CPR and the use of hypothermia.
Washington has a world-renowned program in Seattle and surrounding King County, leading the effort in both the hospital and prehospital settings. Twice a year, EMS agencies from around the world attend the Resuscitation Academy and learn how to improve SCA survival.
Illinois Becomes Seventh Partner in the HeartRescue Project
The Illinois HeartRescue Collaborative, a partnership between the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Service System, the Chicago Fire Department, Chicago EMS System and the Illinois Department of Public Health, will work together to develop a statewide network for cardiac arrest reporting and quality improvement. As part of the effort, this volunteer network of hospitals, EMS and community leaders will target geographical areas in both rural and urban Latino and African American communities in Illinois, who will help to promote cultural competency strategies that encourage, expand and support community-initiated grassroots efforts aimed at improving SCA survival rates.
The University of Minnesota Medical School-Cardiovascular Division leads the Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium, a partnership of organizations and acute care physicians focused on providing a new platform of treatments and technologies to more rapidly deploy and evaluate advances in the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest.
AMR is the single largest provider of EMS in the United States, covering almost 48 million people in 2,000 communities in 39 states. There are more than 16,000 AMR EMTs, paramedics, nurses and caregivers throughout the world.