CPR LifeLinks

According to the American Heart Association, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States each year, and only 46 percent of people who experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrest get immediate help before a professional arrives. As a result of the severity and climbing death rate of cardiac arrest, the National Academies published Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival: A Time to Act— a report examining the complete system of response to cardiac arrest in the U.S. identifying opportunities to increase survival.

In response to one of the opportunities detailed in the report, the National 911 Program brought together 911 and EMS stakeholders to lead CPR LifeLinks – a national initiative to help communities save more lives through the implementation of telecommunicator and high-performance CPR programs.

What's Happening Now?

In September, the project team solicited public comments on the project and the draft Implementation Toolkit. They thank everyone for their comments, and will release the final materials after they complete the clearance process in early 2019.

Additional information about the project is available in a recorded webinar here.

For any questions about CPR LifeLinks, please contact nhtsa.national911@dot.gov.