CPR Ready: Educating and Empowering To Improve Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival in Philadelphia

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Erik Muther is the managing director of the Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance (PHCQA), a multi-stakeholder initiative of the Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF). Erik is also the program director for CPR Ready, a regional awareness and training campaign to improve survival rates for people who experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Erik has over 19 years of health care experience leading a wide range of performance measurement, quality improvement, public health initiatives.

Erik has provided program management and subject matter expertise support for numerous quality improvement programs, including ones funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Agency for Health Research & Quality, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He has also served on several national advisory committees for regional and state reporting of health care quality data.

Prior to joining PHCQA in January 2007, Erik was an executive in the health care practice of Accenture, a large global consulting company. During his 12+ years at Accenture, Erik led a variety of major change initiatives and systems integration projects at both provider and payer organizations. Erik’s experience included consulting engagements at Aetna, AstraZeneca, CMS, GE Healthcare, Health Dialog, Humana, Highmark, Independence Blue Cross, INOVA Health System, NovaCare, and United Healthcare.

Erik has a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in neural and behavioral sciences from Haverford College.


Learning Objectives:

  • Highlight the public health impact of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest
  • Describe the latest research on the effectiveness of hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) compared to traditional CPR
  • Summarize methods to improve the effectiveness and likelihood of bystander response to sudden cardiac arrest
  • Provide an overview of various technology-driven solutions to increase bystander response

Presentation: 49:17

Videos embedded in his presentation:

Slide 19: TU Delft-Ambulance Drone

Slide 23: Ken Jeong AHA Hands-Only CPR video

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