• September 18th, 2018

The Office of EMS seeks public input on current effort by October 1st, 2018

More than 350,000 people experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the U.S. each year; less than half of them receive bystander CPR before professional first responders arrive, even though early CPR is known to greatly increase an individual’s chances of survival. CPR LifeLinks, jointly led by the NHTSA Office of EMS and the National 911 Program, is a national initiative to help communities save more lives through the implementation of telecommunication and high-performance CPR programs. Your review and input of the draft CPR LifeLinks Implementation Toolkit – the core component of the initiative – is requested by October 1st. 

What is Happening Now
Created with a panel of 20 public safety leaders, the draft CPR LifeLinks Implementation Toolkit is a how-to guide for EMS and 911 agencies interested in implementing programs to improve cardiac arrest survival rates in communities across the nation.

How You Can Help

The Office of EMS and National 911 Program request your feedback to ensure the Implementation Toolkit:

  • Shares actionable information for implementing CPR improvement programs
  • Clearly identifies and explains core components of a CPR improvement effort
  • Sets realistic training protocols and guidelines that can be practiced by a wide range of EMS and 911 professionals

Please submit recommendations for specific edits and/or additional content by using the spreadsheet template provided. The draft document and comment form can be downloaded from the project page.

Submit your feedback to nhtsa.national911@dot.gov by end of day October 1st, 2018. 

Coming Soon: 
In an upcoming webinar, learn about CPR LifeLinks directly from the project team and hear how a fire department and emergency communications center in Bend, Oregon, are partnering to improve cardiac arrest survival rates in their communities with telecommunicator and high-performance CPR training. Register Now

About the Office of EMS:
For the last 40 years, the Office of EMS has provided federal leadership to support and promote a comprehensive EMS system. Through consensus-building, collaboration and by supporting national projects, the Office is able to provide tools and resources for the community o help achieve a reduction in death and disability.