Traffic Signs and theHEARTSafe Community Program-HEARTSafe Program- An Innovative Approach to Saving Lives? David B. Hiltz, NREMT-P David.email@example.com Cell: 401-524-0858
OBJECTIVES•Review case for support•Explain describe HEARTSafe•Examine unique program attributes•Expose attendees to HEARTSafe concept•Inspire and enable proliferation•Be a part of improving outcomes
“Sudden death from ischemic heart disease has been described as the most important medical emergency and since 60 to 70 percent of sudden deaths caused by cardiac arrest occur before hospitalization, it is clear that the community deserves to be regarded as the ultimate coronary care unit”American Heart Association (1980). Standards and guidelines for cardiopulmonaryresuscitation and emergency cardiac care.Journal of the American Medical Association, 244, 453-509.
Massachusetts HEARTSafe•July 2002•Population and criteria based•Basic criteria (4 link COS)•More than 50% of 351 cities and towns designated
Heartbeats ExplainedBy assigning Heartbeats, the aggregate total can beadjusted based on total population. This makes it possibleto “scale” for communities of all sizes.Heartbeats also permit “weighting” for certain criteria suchas citizen CPR.
HEARTSafe Ireland•Modeled after the Massachusetts program•Broader application
Maine HEARTSafe•Criteria and population based•Initiated in 2006•Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum designations•Over 50% of population living in designated communities•Some promising research
Connecticut HEARTSafe•Established in 2006•Massachusetts program identical twin•Exponential growth•New resource CD/DVD
Rhode Island HEARTSafe•Most comprehensive criteria to date •EMD* •Citizen CPR •LEA-D •Early defibrillation strategies •EMS 12 lead ECG and ACLS education•Established 2010•Trial project complete: 2 municipalities designated
Dutchess County HEARTSafe•Criteria based•Initiated in 2007•Targets•40 community and municipal organizations designated
Ulster County HEARTSafe•Initiated 2008•Identical twin- Dutchess County•Recreated “Bob” video
Allina HEARTSafe•Started in 2001•First designation in 2009•Criteria and population based•3rd designation
Danbury Hospital•Employee campaign•First HEARTSafe region in Connecticut•Enabling early defibrillation•CPR education for care givers of at-risk
“Defibrillators headed for police cars” JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED: The Warwick Police Department recently added seven AEDs (automated external defibrillators) to the departments supply of life-saving equipment. Seen at yesterdays press conference are from left: Dr. Paul McKenney, Captain Raymond Gallucci Jr., Col. Stephen McCartney, Dr. Joseph Spinale, chief of cardiology at Kent Hospital and the president of the Kent HeartSafe Foundation and Mayor Scott Avedisian. September 30, 2010