Exploring Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival: Proceedings of a Workshop

Exploring Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival: Proceedings of a Workshop

WASHINGTON, DC--Cardiac arrest often strikes seemingly healthy individuals without warning and without regard to age, gender, race, or health status. Following the release of the 2015 Institute of Medicine (IOM) consensus report, Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival: A Time to Act, eight sponsors asked the Health and Medicine Division to hold a workshop to assemble diverse stakeholders who would explore the barriers and opportunities for advancing the IOM recommendations. The workshop brought together diverse stakeholders to explore common ground and different approaches to advance the field of resuscitation and the treatment of cardiac arrest, building on recommendations included in the 2015 IOM report. The workshop featured presentations and discussions on encouraging data collection and dissemination, promoting public education and training, improving delivery of high-quality resuscitation and post-arrest care, enhancing the impact of cardiac arrest research and therapies, and on strengthening stakeholder collaboration. The workshop rapporteurs have prepared the summary as a factual summation of the workshop discussions.

During the workshop, three speakers--Jim Niskanen, Kelly Sawyer, MD, and Joseph Ornato, MD, shared their personal cardiac arrest survival stories. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation also debuted a short video that featured survivors and their families, emphasizing the impact of immediate public reaction to cardiac arrest and urging members of the public to pursue CPR and AED training. These speakers offered perspectives on how the IOM report recommendations could be advanced and how survivors, the community and the public could be involved in shaping the agenda going forward. Chair of the workshop planning committee, Tom Aufderheide, MD, noted that survivors represent a network of individuals whose lives have been altered by sudden cardiac arrest—spouses, children, parents, friends and co-workers. Successful resuscitation and improved cardiac arrest outcomes affect not only the survivor, but also the constellation of individuals who are closely connected to the survivor. Aufderheide said these stories of survival and the lives of the people touched by cardiac arrest are compelling action.

This workshop was made possible by the support from the following sponsors: American Heart Association, American Red Cross, Asmund S. Laerdal Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Medtronic Foundation, Physio-Control, Inc., Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, and ZOLL Medical Corporation.

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