Are you prepared to save a life? We want to hear from you.

Please take our survey to help us learn more!

We want to know your thoughts and attitudes about CPR.

We are seeking adults ages 18 and over,
living in Washtenaw and Livingston counties,
to participate in an online survey about hands-only CPR.

This anonymous survey is completely voluntary
and will take less than 15 minutes to complete.

Take the survey:

This survey is being conducted by the
Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) Learning Community in Washtenaw and Livingston counties and the Michigan Resuscitation Innovation and Science Enterprise (M-RISE)
at the University of Michigan.

Meeting Schedule
for 2021

Plan on joining us for as many meetings as you would like. Details will be posted as they are determined.

This is on the University of Michigan Health Blog

Deliberative Dialogues, Part 2

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Help us make decisions about the future work of the OHCA Learning Community. At our second round of discussions on June 22, we hope to develop a strategy for the public awareness campaign targeted to the groups we identified at the April 13 meeting.

Our first dialogue on April 13 was a successful exchange of ideas on ways to raise awareness about OHCA in our community. Participants prioritized engaging leaders in underserved communities to raise OHCA awareness as well as planning a mass media campaign to reach friends and family members of people who are most likely to experience OHCA.

Even if you were unable to attend the first community dialogue on April 13, we hope you can join us on Zoom June 22. Please spread the word and encourage others to attend. We know that these are busy and challenging times but we look forward to seeing you there. Thank you so much for your support!

Quarterly Meeting

Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 - 2:30-4:30 p.m.

More Related Stories

(We heard this story at the December 2020 meeting, but good news never gets stale.)

This is a recent study by Michigan State University researchers, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association

This is a study out of the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy

Telephone CPR Can Save Lives

Here is a well-written article in the Atlantic magazine about T-CPR

Man's Life Saved at Newark Airport by CPR and Defibrillator Use

See this story about CPR use in real life

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

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 December 18, 2019, 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.