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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!
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
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.