Local Community

Updated:Oct 18,2012

The ideal system-of-care community is alert, trained and ready to save lives.

The majority of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests end in death. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Immediate CPR and defibrillation can more than double the chance of survival. That’s why it’s so important for communities to facilitate public CPR and defibrillation training and to make automated external defibrillators (AEDs) widely available. Bystanders in every community should know the chain of survival and be prepared to act at a moment’s notice.

The Chain of Survival

  • Early recognition and access to emergency medical services (call 911 immediately)
  • Early bystander CPR when needed
  • Early delivery of a shock with a defibrillator when indicated
  • Early advanced life support followed by post-resuscitation cardiac care

CPR image The American Heart Association offers a broad range of tools and resources to help members of the community become valuable contributor to STEMI and cardiac resuscitation.


Community members are vital to the success of systems of care. Learn about barriers and solutions communities face and the strategies for creating the ideal system of care with community involvment by visting our systems of care community site.