Survival from out-of-hospital ventricular fibrillation cardiac arrest is extremely variable throughout the United States with high survival rates of 62% in Seattle and King County Washington, and low survival rates in other major communities. Even more fundamental is the fact that only 40 communities in the US have rigorously measured and reported their survival rates. Most communities have no idea how they are performing in terms of managing sudden cardiac arrest. Why is this? There are answers. As proven in Seattle and King County, managers and directors of EMS systems can learn the steps they need to take to improve survival.
- Learn how to define the cardiac arrest survival rate in the host community.
- Understand the principles of the Utstein template and how to report data.
- Develop a concrete plan of action to improve survival.
- Measure the effect of the plan of action on cardiac arrest survival.