Cardiac Arrest: How Your Quick Action Can Save a Life

5 min. 20 sec.

Dr. Arthur Kellermann discusses a study showing that when cardiac arrest patients cannot successfully be resuscitated by emergency medical services in the field, lifesaving attempts to race them to a nearby hospital often prove futile.

The project and findings, involving researchers from Emory University, the University of Michigan Health System and the Henry Ford Health System in Michigan, were based on the Emory-initiated CARES (Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival) Program. The program is a Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded surveillance registry, which was designed to help local officials determine how well their community performs in each link of the American Heart Association "Chain of Survival" – basic steps necessary to properly resuscitate a cardiac arrest patient quickly and safely.