Saving Lives, One Community at a Time
Improving cardiac arrest survival is a communal effort. Bystanders must be trained and ready to act. And when an emergency call is made, a coordinated system that includes EMS, fire departments and first responder agencies should work together to help increase the likelihood of neurologically intact survival.
A community that recognizes and stimulates life-saving strategies.
How Do We Get There?
Our HEARTSafe Community program is designed to create communities of heroes and survivors by improving action and response to cardiac arrest through training, preparation and response protocols.
The program includes criteria that supports the cardiac arrest “chain of survival,” then encourages a participating community to put that chain of survival into action. Activities that support a chain of survival can include:
- Widespread CPR instruction
- Public access defibrillators
- Aggressive resuscitation protocols for first responders and area hospitals
Communities that strive to become “heart safe” must meet the criteria established by the Citizen CPR Foundation. When a community meets the HEARTSafe designation, they receive signage they can post to demonstrate their commitment to citizen health and safety.
Well over 600 local HEARTSafe communities now exist.
The Citizen CPR Foundation has partnered with a team of cross-disciplinary experts to establish guidelines that will help strengthen the chain of survival. These steps and protocols will provide a set of guidelines with clear steps to prepare community ecosystems to respond to citizen SCA.
The guidelines were officially launched at the Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit 2019 in Seattle, Washington, December 10-13, 2019 and included the unveiling of the full set of criteria for becoming a HEARTSafe Community and sessions dedicated to building and implementing community preparedness.
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