New High-Performance CPR Toolkit Can Help Save More Lives

Source: Jaromír Chalabala - 123RF

A toolkit of resources, including videos and training materials, is now available to help 911 and EMS agencies improve on the average 10 percent national survival rate from cardiac arrest.

Each year more than 250,000 people experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), and telecommunicator CPR and high-performance CPR programs at 911 and EMS agencies nationwide can help save more lives.

The CPR LifeLinks initiative was created to support 911 and EMS agencies in their collaborative efforts to save more lives due to OCHA. Resulting from recommendations by the Institute of Medicine’s 2015 report, Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival: A Time to Act.

The objectives of this project, funded in part by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of EMS, are to:

  • Define best practice recommendations for performing Telecommunicator CPR;
  • Develop training and implementation guidelines that can be customized and implemented by 911 centers; and
  • Define best practice recommendations for High-Performance CPR to be used by trained EMS personnel and develop a training curriculum and implementation guide.

Two working committees of physicians, paramedics, and 911 training and operational experts collaborated to create a practical toolkit that serves as a resource for 911 and EMS agencies interested in working together to improve OHCA response within their community.

The toolkit includes:

  • Information about the science of cardiac arrest;
  • Tips for engaging leadership support for CPR improvement programs;
  • Recommendations for training and continuous quality improvement effort and
  • Training tools such as videos and audio recordings of 911 calls.

It also provides tips to help overcome common challenges and to establish survivor recognition programs, connecting telecommunicators and EMS personnel with the people whose lives they save.