52 individuals whose heart stopped beating revived by first responders and released from hospital with full functioning in 2017
Follow one woman’s survival story at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLO-jC-69qk
New Castle, DE – New Castle County’s emergency medical service saved the lives of a record 52 individuals who returned to normal activity following a sudden – and life threatening - cardiac arrest over the past year, County officials announced today. These 52 individuals, whose hearts had stopped beating, were revived by first responders and transported to the hospital but were discharged back home with normal brain function and a return to normal activity.
"Fifty-two members of our community whose hearts stopped beating have received a new lease on life thanks to our commitment to improve sudden cardiac arrest survival,” said County Executive Matt Meyer. “These lives saved are a testament to the outstanding training and coordination of the New Castle County paramedics and 911 Call Center, the fire service, public safety departments and everyday citizen heroes. This extraordinary effort saved more lives than ever before, giving the gift of life and a brighter future to families across our County.”
Each year 450,000 Americans die suddenly from sudden cardiac arrest, and nationally the survival rate for sudden cardiac arrests experienced outside of a healthcare facility can be as low as 10 percent. Those grim statistics drove New Castle County, which operates Delaware’s largest emergency medical service, to improve cardiac arrest survival through community engagement, improved training and coordination among first responders and better data collection an analysis. The record success achieved in 2017 represents a 33% increase over the 39 successful outcomes in 2016.
To improve sudden cardiac arrest survival, the New Castle County Emergency Medical Services Division established an initiative in 2009 that employed two broad strategies:
The County-led initiative focused on four areas of action:
In 2009 New Castle County joined 26 jurisdictions who report pre-hospital cardiac arrest data into a national cardiac arrest registry. An analysis of that data revealed that New Castle County was performing above the average of reporting jurisdictions, but identified opportunities for improvement.
“New Castle County has achieved successful outcomes in sudden cardiac arrest and today is a leader among the jurisdictions who report sudden cardiac arrest data to the national database, with a survival rate ahead of the average of the reporting jurisdictions and continuing to improve,” said New Castle County Emergency Medical Services Chief Lawrence Tan. “In medical emergencies where life hangs in the balance and every minute counts, the dedication, skill and commitment to continuous improvement exhibited by our paramedics and our partners have saved many lives.” The national database currently includes participation from 61 communities in 18 states, 24 statewide registries, more than 1,400 EMS agencies and more than 1,800 hospitals.
New Castle County’s Emergency Medical Services Division has offered community CPR classes to train citizen responders to be aware of the signs of sudden cardiac arrest and teach basic CPR skills. Additionally, it has facilitated two Delaware Resuscitation Academies where staff from basic and advanced life support EMS agencies, law enforcement, and even hospital emergency department personnel have received specialized training on the administration of high performance CPR, along with instruction on the gathering and application of data on each cardiac arrest incident to continue ongoing improvement. Because nearly all cardiac arrests draw responses from multiple agencies, the course focuses on developing a cohesive team when providing emergency medical care to a patient while practicing scenarios based on real life experiences.
This week, New Castle County held its 6th Annual Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivor’s Reunion, which resulted in the issue of 399 commendations to civilians, emergency communications staff, paramedics, basic life support personnel and law enforcement officers who were involved last year in the response to a sudden cardiac arrest patient in New Castle County that resulted in the patient’s successful discharge from the hospital. Among the honorees were 32 civilians who received the Citizen’s Lifesaving Commendation for assisting in the response to a sudden cardiac arrest situation, resulting in the saving of a life.
Learn more about sudden cardiac arrest and get CPR tips at http://nccde.org/348/CPR-Information.
Contact: Jason Miller, Director of Communications, 302-545-1462