STEMI and Cardiac Resuscitation System Barriers & Solutions

Updated:Oct 18,2012

While regions with established STEMI and cardiac resuscitation systems of care are a step ahead of the norm in the United States, there is still room for improvement.
Not only does the American Heart Association seek to foster the development of more STEMI and cardiac resuscitation systems, but it also wants to lead the way in helping established systems effectively deliver the optimum level of care. The chart below examines barriers to the ideal STEMI and Cardiac Resuscitation system as well as potential solutions. These barriers and solutions are in addition to the barriers and solutions for STEMI systems listed here.

BARRIER:  Lack of Resources

EXAMPLES

  • Data measurement
  • Staffed infrastructure

 SOLUTION

  • Solutions are individual to the community or system
  • Identify the foundation to build the system infrastructure early on
  • Identify variables and measurement period
  • Assign staff at each level to collect data
BARRIER:  Lack of System Wide Implementation

EXAMPLES

  • Need for qualified medical leadership
  • Conflicting interests
  • Lack of reporting system
  • Reporting bias

SOLUTION

  • Identify a key system champion to drive change
  • Integrate community involvement with EMS, Referral and Receiving Centers