Cardiac Arrest Care - One Life Project

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Over the past two years the National Ambulance Service (NAS) has engaged with both the country’s leading resuscitation experts and our international counterparts in a collaborative project focused on developing and expanding the National Ambulance Service's response to Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA). Integrating all the key stakeholders to achieve a single objective... to save more lives.

The project is focused on systematically improving outcomes for patients who suffer an out of hospital cardiac arrest in Ireland. The One Life Project not only represents our commitment to improve standards of care it also represents our commitment to measure and publicly report on clinical outcomes of patients. The implementation strategy is broken into four strategic pillars.

  1. Build community resilience by developing complementary models of OHCA response and expand Community First Responder (CFR) Schemes. Expand the National Ambulance Service's role in public health promotion and education.
  2. Refine call taking, resource allocation and dispatcher assisted CPR of OHCA cases by the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) and promote the vital role they play in outcomes of the OHCA patient.
  3. Enhance the quality of care delivered by Emergency Medical Services at the scene and cultivate a coordinated approach to Return 0f Spontaneous Circulation (ROSC) Care.
  4. Refine the process and quality of data management, clinical audit and research for OHCA and improve feedback to all stakeholders.

The One Life Project has developed a number of supporting materials for NAS staff, the wider Health Service and the Public. Watch our videos and read our related publications.

One Life Summary Video 2015


Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Data Management Video 2015


Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Control Video 2015


The One Life Project has developed a comprehensive Position paper on the Optimal Scene Management of an Out Of Hospital Cardiac Arrest which will be released in Q2 2016. The document and supporting Videos focus on the best evidence in resuscitation care outlining the principles of High Performance Resuscitation and Human Factors Management, the objective of which is to improve the quality and dignity of care delivered by NAS practitioners at the scene.

The One Life Project will continue to work with OHCAR to maximise the data collection and processing in line with future technological advances. The benefits to patients and their families remain the overarching focus of the One Life Project. Our  goal is to treat effectively as many people in cardiac arrest as possible so that they are neurologically intact and ready to resume their role within their family and society.