Benchmarking

Like other areas of healthcare, sudden cardiac arrest and related topics like resuscitation are continually studied to identify more effective treatments and improve outcomes. These important studies and guidelines provide data-driven benchmarks against which we can refine and expand education, training and related resources so that information is distributed more effectively and sudden cardiac arrest survival rates continually improve.

Guidelines

The American Heart Association’s Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care give bystanders, dispatchers, and communities practical guidance to improve collaboration and training. The regularly published and updated guidelines encourage a culture of action, which benefits the entire community inside and outside the hospital.

Read the guidelines

Stay up-to-date on recent scientific statements released by the American Heart Association, which include insight from cardiac arrest and cardiovascular disease scientists, healthcare providers and experts. These statements not only help readers understand pertinent industry-wide concerns and challenges, but also offer conclusions and outcomes from cardiac arrest and related studies, as well as guidelines and suggestions to improve both care and outcomes.

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Scientific Statements

Scientific Statements

Stay up-to-date on recent scientific statements released by the American Heart Association, which include insight from cardiac arrest and cardiovascular disease scientists, healthcare providers and experts. These statements not only help readers understand pertinent industry-wide concerns and challenges, but also offer conclusions and outcomes from cardiac arrest and related studies, as well as guidelines and suggestions to improve both care and outcomes.

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National Academy of Medicine (IOM Report)

A landmark report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine includes eight strategic recommendations that will diminish barriers to successful cardiac arrest treatment, which currently include consistent delivery of timely interventions and high-quality care. Although general understanding and treatment of sudden cardiac arrest is improving, a critical need remains to unify the general population, medical response teams and healthcare stakeholders to better address what the National Academies call “an immense and sustained public health problem.”

Explore the recommendations

EMS leaders, researchers and medical personnel created the Global Resuscitation Alliance (GRA) in 2015 to improve worldwide collaboration and knowledge-sharing. The GRA expands the reach of the Resuscitation Academy, developed in Seattle in 2008, and works across four continents to provide tools and support for communities to launch local resuscitation programs.

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Global Resuscitation Alliance

Global Resuscitation Alliance

EMS leaders, researchers, and medical personnel created the Global Resuscitation Alliance (GRA) in 2015 to improve worldwide collaboration and knowledge-sharing. The GRA expands the reach of the Resuscitation Academy, developed in Seattle in 2008, and works across four continents to provide tools and support for communities to launch local resuscitation programs.

Learn more about the GRA

Heart Safe Communities

We can’t over-emphasize the importance of community-wide collaboration in improving sudden cardiac arrest survival rates. HEARTSafe Communities are an ideal example, a public health initiative that encourages implementing a cardiac chain of survival to help more people survive sudden cardiac arrest.

Learn more about HEARTSafe Communities