Within the ideal STEMI and cardiac resuscitation system of care, patients and the local community would:
- Recognize the symptoms of a heart attack and cardiac arrest.
- Realize the importance of activating emergency medical services (EMS) via 9-1-1 promptly and getting treatment quickly.
- Initiate hands-only CPR.
- Be familiar with their local hospital's role in the delivery of STEMI and cardiac resuscitation care.
- Promote culturally competent educational efforts with clear and consistent messages
- Use multiple strategies to increase skills and awareness of CPR
- Implement and maintain public access to defibrillators as well as a training program
- Include patient representatives on community planning coalitions
- Provide highly coordinated and patient-centered care
In addition to the above, an ideal cardiac resuscitation system local community would:
- Have a designated Community Champion for cardiac resuscitation.
- Have a multidisciplinary group to monitor and improve cardiac resuscitation care process and outcome.
- Use multiple strategies to increase skills and awareness of CPR, including but not limited to CPR in schools, Hands-Only CPR public awareness campaign, credentialed CPR courses, with a goal of achieving >50% bystander CPR.
- Implement and maintain a public access defibrillation program including training, regular maintenance and usage tracking.
- External certification not self-designation as part of cardiac resuscitation system of care.
Barriers and Solutions for the Local Community of a Cardiac Resuscitation System include:
|BARRIER: Lack of Bystander CPR|
|BARRIER: Lack of Public Access to Defibrillators|