Current Project StatusCardiac Ready Communities

August 2015 – In July, the Cardiac Ready Communities Program “hit the road.” An introductory letter and the community assessment tool were sent to all Region 6 ambulance services, public health departments, hospitals, and others. Site visits to explain the program were conducted in 9 communities. Eleven communities in the region have initiated the process of becoming Cardiac Ready: Hysham, Colstrip, Lame Deer, Ashland, Forsythe, Miles City, Terry, Glendive, Wibaux, Baker and Broadus.

Master trainers for the program were recruited. The first nine (7 emergency care providers and 2 RNs) were trained August 31st in Miles City. Training in High Performance CPR was conducted by Jim Duren from the King County Health Department; Lucas 2 training was done by team Physio-Control. These master trainers, along with others to be trained at later dates, will conduct follow-up training and continuing performance improvement for the services and hospitals who receive a Lucas device.

June 2015 - The Cardiac Ready Community Recognition Toolkit has been finalized and posted on the Cardiac Ready website. This toolkit will be broadly distributed to Montana communities through EMS, hospital, and other contacts. Communities responding with a letter of intent will be scheduled for community assessment visits. Subsequent to the visits, a partnership agreement will be developed describing community gaps and activities needed to become recognized as a Cardiac Ready Community. This agreement will be used to help schedule grant and other resources to increase the community's cardiac readiness.  Upon a signed partnership agreement between the community and EMSTS, EMS services and hospitals will become eligible for receipt of a Lucas device. Delivery of these devices will include associated training on the devices and High Performance CPR.  In order to facilitate efficient use of training and resources, we will focus on advancing across the state region by region.  EMS Region 6 will be up first and we will move to the other regions as soon region 6 visits have been conducted and training is established.

Master trainers are being sought across the state to provide training for EMS and hospital personnel in High Performance CPR and how to use the Lucas Device. These master trainers will also serve as a resource for Cardiac Ready Communities.

Activity Status
Engage EMS Region 1 for Cardiac Ready Community visits  
Engage EMS Region 5 for Cardiac Ready Community visits  
Engage EMS Region 3 for Cardiac Ready Community visits  
Engage EMS Region 4 for Cardiac Ready Community visits Oct/Nov - Community visits
November 18 - 20 - Lucas Distribution - Helena
Engage EMS Region 2 for Cardiac Ready Community visits Aug/Oct - Community visits - in progress
Oct 20-21 - Master Trainer and Lucas Distribution - Great Falls
Engage EMS Region 6 for Cardiac Ready Community visits July - Community visits conducted July 31 - August 1 - Master Trainer and EMS/Hospital Lucas HP-CPR training conducted
Distribute Cardiac Ready Community Toolkit and Applications In Progress - June 2015
Solicit applications for EMS and hospital Master Trainers for Lucas and High Performance training and competency
In Progress
Develop EMSTS/Community Partnership Agreement
In Progress
Engage the ECC workgroup to develop a Cardiac Ready Community recognition process and toolkit
Completed - June 2015
Meet with Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota School of Medicine about project evaluation Completed - June 2015
Meet with PhysioControl about a plan for the deployment and training for Lucas devices in EMS services and hospitals
Completed - April 2015
Attend Seattle/King County Resuscitation Academy
Completed - April 2015
Advertise and hire the Cardiac Ready Communities Project Specialist
Completed - May 2015
Grant award received from Helmsley Charitable Trust
January 2015