Global Resuscitation Alliance

Establishing a
Global Resuscitation Alliance

Collaboration is key in improving community cardiac arrest survival. And when that collaboration happens worldwide, it’s even more effective. Emergency Medical Services leaders, researchers and medical gathered in Norway in 2015 to discuss improving cardiac arrest survival. One of the outcomes: the Global Resuscitation Alliance, created in part to expand the reach of the Resuscitation Academy, developed in Seattle in 2008.

Thanks to the widespread adoption of the Utstein method, ample data exists that identifies best practices in managing cardiac arrest and increasing survival rates. Yet the adoption of those best practices remained a stumbling block, one of many catalysts that prompted the creation of the GRA, the mission of which is to “advance resuscitation through the RA model by accelerating community implementation of effective programs through a QI strategy to measure and improve,” as outlined in Improving Survival from Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: A Call to Establish a Global Resuscitation Alliance.

Using the successful framework established by the Resuscitation Academy, the GRA works across four continents—North America, Europe, Asia and Australia/New Zealand—to provide tools and support for communities to launch local programs. Through this network, best practices are more widely promoted and adopted.

The GRA has several responsibilities, including:
Develop cardiac arrest best practices curriculum and resources
Host the Resuscitation Academy forum and related training
Establish other Resuscitation Academy sites to create a network
Encourage and facilitate community participation in a Utstein-style registry
Learn more about the GRA and Resuscitation Academy Programs, including how to participate.