In a cooperative effort, the NH Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, Division of Fire Standards and Training & Emergency Medical Services, Department of Safety, the NH Division of Public Health Services, Department of Health & Human Services and the American Heart Association are in the process of establishing the “New Hampshire HeartSafe Communities Program”.
The primary goal of the program is to increase survival rates from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Individual communities can develop and implement lifesaving networks that focus on coordinating local resources to prevent sudden cardiac arrest from becoming sudden cardiac death. Group efforts involving individuals, businesses, public officials and emergency responder agencies can establish a cardiac arrest response system to make the difference between life and death.
New Hampshire HeartSafe Communities objectives include:
- Increase awareness of sudden cardiac arrest, its signs and symptoms
- Increase the availability of community CPR/AED programs
- Increase public safety agency AED availability
- Increase placement, registration and availability of AED’s in public areas, businesses and schools
- Assist in emergency planning for AED-equipped facilities
A sample HeartSafe Communities work plan serves as a model for developing and categorizing a community’s resources for designation as a “HeartSafe Community”.
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