Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival

Type: Stand Alone Workshop
Topics: Public Health, Quality and Patient Safety
Boards: Board on Health Sciences Policy, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice

Activity Description

Cardiac arrest can strike a seemingly healthy individual of any age at any time, often without warning. Each year, more than half a million people in the United States experience a cardiac arrest. Using conservative estimates, it is the third leading cause of death, following cancer and heart disease, although more complete data is needed. There are wide variations in survival rates among communities and hospitals—many due to variations in patient demographics and health status; geographic characteristics; and system-level factors affecting the quality and availability of care, such as bystander CPR rates. Time to first chest compression and defibrillation is fundamental, and shortening this time is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of death and disability from cardiac arrest. Specific actions can be implemented now to decrease this time, and recent advances in science could lead to new discoveries in the causes of and treatments for cardiac arrest. However, specific barriers must first be addressed.

In Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival: A Time to Actthe committee assesses the state of existing lifesaving therapies and strategies that could improve survival rates with good neurologic and functional outcomes, and promising next steps to improve the quality of care for cardiac arrest. On July 11-12, 2016, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will hold a public workshop in Washington, D.C. This workshop will engage a wide range of stakeholders in discussions about different approaches to respond to and implement the IOM recommendations, with emphasis 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
  • Strengthening stakeholder collaboration.

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As of March 2016, the Health and Medicine Division continues the consensus studies and convening activities previously undertaken by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

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