Resuscitation Academy Promotes "High Performance CPR" for Emergency Responders

News Release


For Immediate Release: March 14, 2018

Media Contact:
Vermont Department of Health


Resuscitation Academy Promotes “High Performance CPR” for Emergency Responders
Use of the protocol helps to improve CPR survival rates

BURLINGTON –Emergency Medical Service providers from across the state will participate in the Vermont Resuscitation Academy on March 17 to learn about a new EMS protocol that improves a person’s chances for surviving a cardiac arrest event.

The cardiopulmonary resuscitation protocol, nicknamed 'high performance CPR," was pioneered in Seattle. In communities that employ this protocol, survival rates improve by more than 30 percent.

According to the American Heart Association, cardiac arrest is an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat and disrupts the flow of blood. Performing CPR within the first minutes of cardiac arrest dramatically improves a person’s chance of survival. Vermont EMS providers responded to 449 cardiac arrest calls in 2017.

"High performance CPR and the community-based strategies outlined in the Resuscitation Academy are not just academic," said Dan Batsie, Emergency Medical Services director with the Vermont Department of Health. "In the history of emergency medicine, we have seen very few advances that can change outcomes as much as we have with improved cardiac arrest care. The results are staggering."

Academy participants will learn about factors that determine cardiac arrest survival, the science of CPR and emergency medical dispatch and dispatcher-directed CPR. In addition, EMS providers will learn to use data to measure and improve performance and can practice the newly learned technique on high-tech CPR manikins. Graduates of the program will be able to take the curriculum back to their local EMS agencies, building the skill sets into their community response.

The training program is sponsored by The Vermont Alliance for Critical Heart Resuscitation (VTACH-R), an ongoing collaboration to improve out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, Vermont State and District III EMS, the Initiative for Rural EMS, The University of Vermont Medical Center Emergency Department, HeartRescue and the Seattle Resuscitation Academy.

The Resuscitation Academy will take place on March 17, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the University of Vermont Davis Center.

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