Community/Survivor: Prepare, Respond, Survive & Thrive
Citizen CPR Foundation’s Task Force on SCA in Youth leaders will share strategies to strengthen Cardiac Emergency Response Plans (CERPs) to ensure policies are in place AND are being fully implemented in all states.
Cardiac Emergency Response Plan (CERP) can increase sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survival rates by 50 percent or more by enabling a trained lay-responder team to take action. The safety of students, school staff and visitors can be enhanced with a coordinated, practiced response plan where school CERP teams feel empowered to administer lifesaving care until Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrives. Designed to be stand-alone guidelines or merged with a school’s existing medical emergency response plan, the CERP can be used by school personnel, healthcare providers, boards of education and school safety advocates to better prepare for SCA. In order to assure widespread and consistent development and effective utilization of CERPs, Committee #1 will focus on strategies to ensure policies are in place, AND are being fully implemented, across all 50 states.