Lincoln Receives Recognition for Outstanding Response to Cardiac Arrest

LINCOLN, Nebraska (Nebraska) — Leirion Mayor Gaylor Baird and Lincoln Fire and Rescue officials announced Tuesday that Lincoln has been designated a Community Lighthouse for its outstanding response to cardiac arrest.

The Lighthouse Community designation from the Academy of Critical Care was given to only 10 places in the country operating at the highest level of lifesaving, and Lincoln was the only city in the Midwest to receive it.

“The Beacon designation is a result of our significant investment in public safety, the dedication of our first responders and medical professionals, and the altruism of the people of Lincoln, who play a critical role in the lifeline through CPR bystanders,” Mayor Gaylor Baird said. said.

Aaron Pospisil, LFR Battalion Commander, said the Seattle Academy of Critical Care is working with EMS providers and leaders, as well as the local community and elected officials, to help communities around the world improve cardiac arrest survival rates through the Lighthouse Program . This recognition allows the LFR to serve as a resource for other communities who want to improve cardiac arrest survival rates.

To earn the Lighthouse title, Lighthouse communities must complete 10 steps to earn Lighthouse status. Criteria include training in low-dose, high-frequency, high-efficiency CPR and remote CPR; providing regular and non-punitive feedback to first responders; entering data into the register; a commitment to continuous improvement and a willingness to help other communities improve.

“This assignment would not have been possible without the full lifeline; early detection of cardiac arrest and activation of emergency services, bystander CPR, dispatcher-assisted CPR training, and early intervention by our partners in the hospital,” said LFR Fire Chief Dave Engler. “Continued focus on performance, community relations development, and continuous improvement will result in maintaining one of the most efficient ambulance systems in the nation and better outcomes for the Lincoln community.”

In addition to the 10 steps to the Lighthouse designation, LFR staff demonstrated life-saving techniques using a new automatic chest compression device to demonstrate how high-efficiency CPR is performed.

In 2022, Lincoln’s non-traumatic cardiac arrest survival rate was 18.4%, according to the latest statistics, twice the national average.

Lincoln also gives patients more than double the chance of survival by having bystanders perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation before first responders arrive. Of the 141 non-traumatic cardiac arrests that occurred in 2022, bystanders performed CPR in 70.8% of the cases when the LFR arrived, compared to a national CPR rate of 40.2%.

Jessica Loos, communications manager for the Lincoln Police Department’s Emergency Communications Center, thanked the people of Lincoln and LFR staff for their collaborative efforts in the successful outcome of the cardiac arrest.

“Each link in the chain of survival is vital to the next,” Loos said. “None of this would have been achieved without your partnership during the call. We look forward to continuing our efforts with Lincoln Fire and Rescue as a Lighthouse Community, the citizens of Lincoln, and continue our commitment to providing confidence in the services you receive in our community.”

Lincoln Fire and Rescue has also received the American Heart Association’s Mission Lifeline Award for seven consecutive years, the last five of which have been Gold Plus Awards.

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