Mission: Lifeline System Local Community

Updated:Sep 19,2016

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.

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The ideal system would:

  • 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


  • Lack of recognition of cardiac arrest
  • Lack of knowledge of basic first aid emergency care/CPR
  • Apprehensive about performing CPR correctly
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  • Afraid to perform Mouth to Mouth ventilations, because of catching a communicable disease   


  • Identify community champion to drive change
  • Promote public education on Hands Only www.handsonlycpr.org and CPR Anytime Video
  • Health Care providers provide community CPR education
  • Promotion of Survivor Meetings
  • Increase Public Awareness campaigns
  • Promote CPR and PAD programs for the community, schools and workplaces
BARRIER:  Lack of Public Access to Defibrillators


  • Lack of education on need
  • Lack of knowledge on how to use AED
  • Lack of funding to purchase AEDs and train the public
  • No system for maintaining AEDs
  • Need for Local and State Government support and commitment for sustainability
  • Discrepancy of who “owns” AED’s for access, maintenance and repair


  • Identify community champion to drive change
  • Community education and training on AED use
  • Identify potential grant structure for purchasing AED equipment
  • Strategically position AEDs and assign personnel responsible for upkeep and monitoring
  • Community standards for strategic AED placement in public settings
  • Dispatcher assisted identification of nearest AED location