CLINICAL OUTCOMES: If successful, The HeartRescue Project will demonstrate significantly improved out-of-hospital SCA survival rates within 5 years in the geographies it funds.
SOCIETAL IMPACT: The program is strengthening systems of care and increasing community awareness about a major healthcare issue.
Improving Survival Rates from Sudden Cardiac Arrest
The HeartRescue Project
Each year, 295,000 Americans are struck by sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).1 When SCA occurs, the heart stops abruptly, failing to pump blood to vital organs. Only 8% survive nationally — and that statistic hasn't changed in 30 years.1 The Medtronic Foundation is leading an unprecedented collaborative effort to improve the odds for SCA victims.
The Reality Today
SCA kills six times more Americans each
year than breast cancer.1
Today, only 2 of every 25 Americans who suffer from SCA survive.1
Depending on where you live in the country, your chances of surviving SCA can fluctuate by as much as 500%.2
The Medtronic Foundation is leading and funding The HeartRescue Project, which aligns leading organizations in resuscitation to improve SCA response systems by coordinating training and best practices among the three critical stages of response:
- Immediate recognition of SCA
- Early 911 call
- Early CPR with an emphasis on chest compressions
- Increased and early public access to automated external defibrillators
- Dispatch-assisted CPR
- High-performance CPR
- Defibrillation care
- Early advanced care
- Patient triage to a Resuscitation Center of Excellence
- In-hospital hypothermia
- 24/7 access to catheterization laboratory
- Post-survival treatments
- Post-survival patient and family education and support
Our HeartRescue Partners
Within their geographies, HeartRescue partners will:
- Implement a common, systematic method of measuring performance and outcomes of SCA.
- Promote best-practice training, treatments, and technologies for first responders (police/fire), emergency medical services (EMS) and hospitals.
- Coordinate public education and training efforts.
- Promote survivor education and support programs.
- Provide regular progress updates.
The HeartRescue goals are ambitious:
- Improve out-of-hospital SCA survival rates significantly in 5 years in the geographies funded.
- Improve and standardize SCA measurement.
- Expand the program.
The Medtronic Foundation is leading a large-scale collaborative effort to increase sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survival rates in the United States.
- CLINICAL OUTCOMES: If successful, The HeartRescue Project will demonstrate significantly improved out-of-hospital SCA survival rates within 5 years in the geographies it funds.
- SOCIETAL IMPACT: The program is strengthening systems of care and increasing community awareness about a major healthcare issue.
1 Circulation, 2010; 121:e46 (survival rate based on all cases of EMS-treated out-of-hospital cardiac arrest)
2 JAMA, 2008;300:1423
The HeartRescue Project is a program of the Medtronic Foundation.