Paramedic PictureSurvival from out-of-hospital ventricular fibrillation cardiac arrest is extremely variable throughout the United States with high survival rates of 62% in Seattle and King County Washington, and low survival rates of 0% in Detroit, 3% in Chicago, 5% in New York, and 7% in Los Angeles. Even more fundamental is the fact that only 40 communities in the US have rigorously measured and reported their survival rates.

Most communities have no idea how they are performing in terms of managing sudden cardiac arrest. Why is this? There are answers. As proven in Seattle and King County, managers and directors of EMS systems can learn the steps they need to take to improve survival.

Resuscitation Academy LogoThe Medic One Foundation is proud to help sponsor the Resuscitation Academy, a mini-fellowship program conducted by Seattle Medic One and King County EMS for EMS managers, EMS directors and EMS medical directors who want to improve survival rates in their own community.  Academy participants will learn how to:

  • Define the cardiac arrest survival rate in the host community.
  • Understand the principles of the Utstein template and how to report data.
  • Develop a concrete plan of action to improve survival.Cover
  • Measure the effect of the plan of action on cardiac arrest survival.

To learn more about the Resuscitation Academy, please visit their website at

EMS Magazine:  “The Resuscitation Academy,” (July 2010)
System leaders from around the world come to Seattle/King County to learn the secrets of the region’s survival rates.

Participant Comments

Here are some comments from a recent Resuscitation Academy participant:

“I don’t think I can express a) how great the content is or b) how awesome this concept is.  The Medic One Foundation should be very proud of supporting this project.  The number of lives they are impacting is exponential.  The organization and operation of the week has been some of the best I have seen in a class like this.  Ann and Dr. Rea are fantastic hosts and truly make us feel welcome.   Jen, Norm, Jonathan and the rest of the staff did a great job as well.  The Toolkit is incredible.  Between that and the thumb drive, I am confident I am leaving here with the tools to do something and not just throw the binder on the shelf and forget about it like so many other conferences.  Drs. Cobb, Copass, and Eisenberg are clearly the giants on whose shoulders we stand.  Drs. Rea & Kudenchuk are awesome and I am thankful of their interest & work in EMS.”

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