NHTSA Seeks Input on CPR LifeLinks

NHTSA Seeks Input on CPR LifeLinks

WASHINGTON, DC--CPR LifeLinks is a national initiative to help communities save more lives through the implementation of telecommunicator and high-performance CPR programs. With help from the community, a how-to guide will be developed for EMS and 911 agencies to implement programs to improve cardiac arrest survival rates.

Background

According to the American Heart Association, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States each year, and only 46% of people who experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrest get immediate help before a professional arrives. As a result of the severity and climbing death rate of cardiac arrest, the National Academies published Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival: A Time to Act – a report that examines the complete system of response to cardiac arrest in the U.S. and identifies opportunities to increase survival.

In response to one of the opportunities detailed in the report, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) brought together EMS and 911 stakeholders to create CPR LifeLinks – a national initiative to help communities save more lives through the implementation of telecommunicator and high-performance CPR programs.

What's Happening Now

NHTSA is seeking input from the community on the draft CPR LifeLinks Implementation Toolkit. Please see below for details, and provide comments and recommendations for specific edits and/or additional content to the current draft by October 1, 2018.

Please download and complete the provided form for the document, and indicate if the project team may contact you for further information or clarification.

Submit your feedback forms and any questions about the CPR LifeLinks Implementation Toolkit to nhtsa [dot] national911 [at] dot [dot] gov.

Who's Involved

The NHTSA Office of EMS and National 911 Program convened a group of 20 public safety leaders to draft the CPR LifeLinks Implementation Toolkit - a how-to guide for EMS and 911 agencies interested in implementing programs to improve cardiac arrest survival rates in communities across the nation.

Bentley Bobrow, MD, FACEP, FAHA and Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine is the project lead for the CPR LifeLinks Implementation Toolkit.

What You Can Do
  • Register for and attend the CPR LinkLinks webinar to learn more about the project and engage real-time with the creators
  • Review the draft CPR LifeLinks Implementation Toolkit and provide comments and recommendations for specific edits and/or additional content to the current draft by October 1, 2018
  • Encourage other EMS and 911 experts to review the draft Toolkit and provide recommendations.

SOURCE: EMS.gov

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