The development and implementation of cardiac arrest centers

Resuscitation. 2011 Aug;82(8):974-8. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2011.03.021. Epub 2011 Mar 29.


In the last decade, many regionalized centers for the care of post-cardiac arrest patients (cardiac arrest centers) have all independently developed with a common goal of providing multi-disciplinary and organized care plans for this patient population. The American Heart Association recently issued support for regionalized and organized comprehensive care for post-arrest patients through a position paper as well as the 2010 American Heart Association BLS/ACLS guidelines. This paper outlines the formation, structure, and implementation of four cardiac arrest centers, and also discusses a statewide model of post-arrest center care. This paper may assist other potential clinical sites that are considering or actively developing cardiac arrest centers of their own.

MeSH terms

  • American Heart Association
  • Cardiology / organization & administration*
  • Delivery of Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Heart Arrest / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Models, Organizational*
  • Regional Health Planning / organization & administration*
  • Survivors*
  • United States