SAVE THE DATE!

Our next quarterly meeting of the OHCA Learning Community is:

Thursday, June 18, 2020

9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

This meeting will be virtual. Click below to register for the meeting.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Although the OHCA Learning Community's next meeting is still a few months away, we are closely monitoring the impact of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). At this time, we are planning to hold the next meeting on June 18 as an in-person event at Washtenaw Community College. We recognize that people are uncertain about when and where it will be safe to gather, so we will be monitoring this situation very closely and will make adjustments as necessary.

The health and safety of our community are of primary concern. We will be creating contingency plans to pivot to alternative arrangements if needed, based upon emergent recommendations and policies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and of course the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

We will continue to update the status of this meeting on our website (https://ohca.med.umich.edu) and will communicate directly with proposed presenters and registrants via email as well.

For updated information about the situation in Washtenaw County, go here.

For updated information about the situation in Livingston County, go here and here.

A directory of directories by areas of need, published by the Washtenaw Health Initiative can be found here. This includes testing, food programs, financial assistance, mental health and substance use supports, and more.

A story urging all member agencies and government leaders in Washtenaw County to make use of United Way's 24/7 2-1-1 call center as a consolidated repository and accessible entry point for information about programs and services available to county residents - found here.

PDF posters about CPR for adult patients and pediatric patients in the COVID-19 era are available from the American Heart Association.


We use a Learning Health System (LHS) approach to increase survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties, Michigan. We invite community members, OHCA survivors, family, and friends, first responders, health care providers, and anyone interested in improving OHCA survival in the region. Come JOIN US!

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Photo highlights from our Dec. 18 meeting at

Washtenaw Community College.

What is an Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest?

"Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) describes the loss of mechanical cardiac function and the absence of systemic circulation. Time is crucial, with a lack of perfusion leading to continual cell death; with each second that passes the possibility of a good outcome decreases. Despite a long history of trying to improve how we manage OHCA, survival remains dismally low. Only over the past 5 years have clinicians begun to see meaningful improvements in prognosis and neurological outcomes. Globally, it is estimated that on average, less than 10% of all patients with OHCA will survive. The time it takes to initiate CPR has the greatest impact on survival. It therefore falls to the community to start CPR and maintain viability while emergency services arrive. Successful outcomes rely on the coordination of the “chain of survival”—a complex relationship between public bystanders, emergency services, and hospital providers. "


From : "Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: a unique medical emergency", The Lancet. Published: March 10, 2018

Video produced by the British Heart Foundation.

The OHCA Learning Health Community is a key partner in the University of Michigan's M-RISE Population Science Project. M-RISE is a three-project new research program, with the mission to discover, translate and implement innovative therapies focused on preventing brain damage caused by cardiac arrest.