SHARE Program

eNewsletter – December 2011

SHARE eNewsletter

Want to read this publication offline? You can print a hard copy of this issue. To find previous issues, visit our newsletter archive.

Also, SHARE team members are always available to assist you in your efforts to increase survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Don't hesitate to contact us anytime.

Notes from the Medical Directors

The Save Hearts in Arizona Registry (SHARE) Program continues to improve and expand. We are continuing to add new EMS agencies (now encompassing over 80% of the state), hospitals (current total: 37), and community groups to help us reach our collective goal: For Arizona to have the best survival rate from cardiac emergencies in the world. In order to further increase the rate of bystander response and cardiac arrest survival, we have also begun training 9-1-1 call takers and dispatchers across the state to provide telephone-assisted CPR instructions as "just in time training" for 9-1-1 callers. As SHARE develops with the addition of the 9-1-1 program, the entire "Chain of Survival" will be strengthened in Arizona.

We are very pleased to announce that we have added several new team members including Martha Nunez (SHARE Data Coordinator) and Micah Panczyk, who will be managing the SHARE 9-1-1 CPR Program. (Learn more about the CPR Dispatch AcademyPDF). Carol Gibbs (SHARE Education Coordinator) is now assisting businesses, schools, athletic teams, public safety organizations and other community groups in their efforts to train lay people in how to recognize and respond to a cardiac arrest emergency. Karen Rogge-Miller and Mike Sotelo have joined the team as SHARE Database Administrators.

Our expansion has been made possible in part by our participation in the Heart Rescue Project. Because of Arizona's proven success with improving survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), our state was chosen, along with 4 others, to participate in the Heart Rescue Project (Learn more on the Heart Rescue Project). This nationwide project promotes the development of systems of care to respond to OHCA, and measure and improve outcomes by implementing interventions proven to save lives. As part of the Heart Rescue mission, SHARE has been assisting other communities across the country to replicate what we have collectively done here in Arizona.

Thank you for all you are doing, you are making a difference in the world!

Gordon Ewy, M.D.
Daniel Spaite, M.D.
Ben Bobrow, M.D.

To save one life is as if to save the world. — The Talmud

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Coordinated Care Efforts Save Sedona Golfer's Life

A cardiac arrest survivor posed with Sedona Fire Emergency Responders who saved his life on the golf course in May 2011.
A cardiac arrest survivor posed with Sedona Fire Emergency Responders who saved his life on the golf course in May 2011.

May 12, 2011 was going to be a great day for a 69-year-old golfer, who was on vacation from Sun City and playing 18 holes of golf with his childhood friend at the Sedona Hilton. That all changed when he sank to his knees after the last hole. His friend, a Sedona dentist, was trained in performing continuous chest compression CPR by Sedona Fire, and immediately sprang into action caring for his friend, while a hotel employee called 9-1-1 and EMS arrived.

The victim was taken to the Verde Valley Medical Center, where the hospital staff intervened to not only save his life, but also ensure the above picture could be taken at the Current Concepts in Cardiac Care Conference, hosted by Guardian Air, Verde Valley Medical Center and the Heart and Vascular Center of Northern Arizona on October 1. A very healthy man and his wife attended the event, thanks to the coordinated efforts of the team who saved his life!

The Cardiac Arrest System of Care REALLY SAVES LIVES—735 lives saved in Arizona and counting! Learn how you too can be a lifesaver and read more about Arizona survivors and resources for survivors.

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Arizona Cardiac Centers

Save the Date: Bi-Annual Data Meeting
When: December 12, 2011
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Arizona Department of Health Services - Room 540A
Contact: Margaret Mullins for more information.

Thank you to all the data submitters at each of the 37 Cardiac Centers for your outstanding work in completing the STEMI and cardiac arrest forms. You should have received your STEMI reports the first week of November. Cardiac Arrest reports will be distributed at the meeting December 12.

"It's all about the brain!" said Tish Arwine, B.S.N., Pre-Hospital/Trauma Coordinator, Verde Valley Medical Center. Tish discussed "Cerebral Protection/ Cooling" at the Current Concepts in Cardiac Care seminar in Sedona, October 1, 2011.

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9-1-1 Dispatchers and Call Takers

Save the Date: CPR Dispatch AcademyPDF
When: December 2, 2011
Contact: Micah Panczykv for additional information
Cost: Tuition is free but space is limited.

SHARE Dispatch CPR Program is an effort to continually measure and improve Arizona's already remarkable survival rates from Sudden Cardiac Arrest, while we continue to move forward. The program implements the American Heart Association's nationally-vetted guidelines prescribing standardized responses to SCA, a leading cause of death in the United States, and aims to elevate the frequency and quality of bystander CPR across Arizona. The program includes a free training curriculum providing call takers and dispatchers with pinpoint tools needed to save lives, and provides standardized reports to all participating Dispatch and Call Taking Centers. The Mesa Police and Fire Departments have begun training their personnel.

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UA's Resuscitation Education and CPR Training (R.E.A.C.T.) Group Celebrates Arizona's Centennial

Celebrate Arizona's 100th birthday February 12, 2012.
Celebrate Arizona's 100th birthday February 14, 2012.

R.E.A.C.T. will be joining the Arizona Best Fest Celebration of Arizona's BEST!

Don't Miss the FREE CPR Training
(provided by University of Arizona College of Medicine's R.E.A.C.T. team)
BEST FEST Celebrations:
Phoenix – February 10-12, 2012
Tucson – January 20-22, 2012

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FREE Compression Only CPR Training

The Resuscitation Education and CPR Training (REACT) group are medical students from the University of Arizona dedicated to serving their community through education and outreach. Founded in 2009 in Tucson, these medical students collaborated with members of the Sarver Heart Center Resuscitation Research Group to create a curriculum and presentation to educate the public about chest-compression-only CPR. Now, more than 100 students are involved with REACT in Tucson and Phoenix. In Tucson, REACT members hold independent training events by request and pair with the UA Sarver Heart Center to orchestrate monthly training sessions in DuVal Auditorium at the University of Arizona Medical Center. In Phoenix, the REACT group works closely with the Arizona Department of Health Services on community education programs.

Special thanks to Jeffrey Tully, Christian Dameff, Wes Anderson, Melissa Ludgate, Awad Wala, Erin Hefley, Jason Morris, David Reeder, and Bradley Bowles for their efforts. To schedule a free CPR training, contact Carol Gibbs in Phoenix, 480-322-1129, or Melissa Ludgate in Tucson, 520-626-2419.

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EMS Providers

The Seoul, Korea EMS Delegation visited SHARE and watched Mesa Fire Paramedics demonstrate Minimally Interrupted Cardiac Resuscitation (MICR) Protocol.
The Seoul, Korea EMS Delegation visited SHARE and watched Mesa Fire Paramedics demonstrate Minimally Interrupted Cardiac Resuscitation (MICR) Protocol.

Congratulations on your continued success and welcome to the following NEW EMS Partners: Casa Grande, Holbrook, Ak-Chin, Arizona City, Coolidge, Eloy, Gila River Casino, and Gila River EMS.

  • Overall cardiac arrest survival to hospital discharge in Arizona continues to rise - now 31% statewide
  • Some EMS agencies are even exceeding this with 57% annual witnessed VF survival!
  • 2010 Reports are being emailed out to agency contacts. Please contact Alyson with questions or concerns.
  • We want to send out timely reports, but we need your help. Please submit patient care records monthly, if possible.
  • Please encourage field providers to document the following details regarding bystander CPR:
    • Was it done?
    • Who was performing it?
    • Type? Chest Compressions Only or Traditional CPR
    • Effectiveness

Contact Alyson Welch for more information on how your agency can become a SHARE EMS Participant.

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Public Access to Defibrillation (PAD)

Did you know Arizona State University has 249 AEDs strategically placed on all campus locations? Contact Alex Gutierrez (ASU Health and Safety Specialist and AED Program Manager) for help managing your Public Access to Defibrillation (PAD) Program.

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Arizonans Learned CPR in a Minute

A booth at the Coconino County Fair this summer showed those interested how to perform Chest Compression Only CPR.
A booth at the Coconino County Fair showed those interested how to perform Chest Compression Only CPR.

Guardian Medical Transport's "Learn CPR in a Minute" booth at the Coconino County fair this summer demonstrated Chest Compression CPR to more than 9,000 people.

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SHARE AED Program Information

Don't forget to REGISTER your Automated External Defibrillators (AED) and/or UPDATE contact information with the SHARE Program, and REPORT AED Use within 5 days. Get info on the Public Access to Defibrillation Program, including the AED registration form and AED Use Data form.

Arizona Revised Statutes 36-2262. Submit a written report to the Bureau of Emergency Services and Trauma System in the Department of Health Services within 5 working days after its use.

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Glendale Fire Department Recognition

Congrats to the Glendale Fire Department's Community Services Division for its award. Glendale CPR and Fire Pal Programs received the 2011 Youth Preparedness Today for Community Resiliency Tomorrow Recognition Award at the Annual State Citizen Corp Workshop. The Award was presented by the Arizona Department of Homeland Security Community Preparedness administrator, Cheryl Bowen. Congratulations Glendale!

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Start a CPR Training Class in Your Area

Contact Carol Gibbs to post your Community Training Classes or to find out how you can start classes in your community!

Thank you to the many Fire Departments and school nurses that have trained more than 60,000 Arizona citizens in chest compression only CPR (CCOCPR)!

Peoria, Yuma, Sun City West, Sun City, Scottsdale, Glendale, Kingman, Mesa, Sedona, Verde Valley, Cottonwood, Phoenix, Daisy Mountain, Chandler, and Guardian Medical Transport (GMT) in Flagstaff!

Scottsdale Schools, Paradise Valley Schools, Mesa Schools, Kyrene Schools, Marana Schools, Tucson High Schools, Brophy Prep, Xavier, Deer Valley Schools, Hillcrest Middle School, and Cave Creek Schools!

Thank you for reporting numbers trained!

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A Special Thanks

A special thanks to Sarver Heart Center for its leadership in chest compression-only CPR (CCOCPR) research. We would also like to thank the Bystander Community Education Partner programs, as well as the 116 EMS Agencies and 37 Hospital Cardiac Receiving and Referral Centers for contributing to the significant improvement in Sudden Cardiac Arrest survival rates in Arizona! Only by connecting these levels of response can we really be a leader in improving survival from cardiac emergencies in the world!

Heart Rescue Project The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center