Villanova EMS is striving to ensure that the best possible cardiac arrest care is provided on campus in the event of an individual experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest. The presence of an ambulance on campus has been essential in responding promptly and effectively to such calls. However, before the ambulance arrives, by-standers play an essential role in beginning to care for a patient.
The first three parts of the Chain of Survival, as outlined in the American Heart Association's guide for improving chances of survival and recovery, are centered around by-stander intervention:
- Immediate recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system;
- Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with an emphasis on chest compressions;
- Rapid defibrillation.
- Rapid Response by CPR and AED Trained First Responders
- Rapid Public Access to Defibrillation
- Early Access to Advanced Care
- Public CPR and AED Training for the Community
- Engagement in Preventative Cardiovascular Healthcare Activities