The American Heart Association Response to the 2015 Institute of Medicine Report on Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival
The American Heart Association (AHA) commends the recently released Institutes of Medicine (IOM) report titled, “Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival: A Time to Act (2015).” The AHA recognizes the unique opportunity created by the report to meaningfully advance the objectives of improving outcomes for sudden cardiac arrest. For decades, the AHA has focused on the goal of reducing morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular disease though robust support of basic, translational, clinical, and population research. The AHA also has developed a rigorous process using the best available evidence to develop scientific, advisory, and guideline documents. These core activities of development and dissemination of scientific evidence have served as the foundation for a broad range of advocacy initiatives and programs that serve as a foundation for advancing the AHA and IOM goal of improving cardiac arrest outcomes. In response to the IOM report’s call to action, the AHA is announcing 4 new commitments to increase cardiac arrest survival: 1) the AHA will provide up to $5 million in funding over 5 years to incentivize resuscitation data interoperability; 2) the AHA will actively pursue philanthropic support for local and regional implementation opportunities to increase cardiac arrest survival by improving out-of-hospital and in-hospital systems of care; 3) the AHA will actively pursue philanthropic support to launch an AHA resuscitation research network; and 4) the AHA will cosponsor an “National Cardiac Arrest Summit” to facilitate the creation of a national cardiac arrest collaborative that will unify the field and identify common goals to improve survival. In addition to AHA’s historic and ongoing commitment to improving cardiac arrest care and outcomes, these new initiatives are responsive to each of the IOM recommendations and demonstrate the AHA’s leadership in the field. However, successful implementation of the IOM recommendations will require a timely response by all stakeholders identified in the report, and a coordinated approach to achieve our common goal if improved cardiac arrest outcomes.
- cardiac arrest
- heart arrest
- cardiopulmonary resuscitation
- cardiac arrest survival
- CPR quality
- emergency medical dispatch
- © 2015 American Heart Association, Inc.