Medical School

Cardiovascular Division

Department of Medicine

MN Resuscitation Consortium

The MN Resuscitation Consortium connects bystander, prehospital and hospital initiatives to improve survival from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).


 The HeartRescue Project is a collaborative effort supported by the Medtronic Foundation to increase sudden cardiac arrest survival rates in the United States. The vision is for every American who suffers from a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) to receive lifesaving, state-of-the-art care at the scene, en route and in the hospital.

MNRC--IconHands Bystander Response

  • Partnering with existing groups and programs, the MRC supports awareness and training for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs)
  • The Minnesota Survivors Network and American Heart Association (AHA) training groups will assist in leading this effort to train 10% of Minnesota residents
  • Emphasis on training in schools, workplaces and special events
  • Broadly and strategically placing AEDs, with program partnerships to assist in rapid location and deployment                             

       Bystander CPR Registry
       Are you providing bystander CPR training? Click here to add your numbers and help train 10%
       of Minnesotans to perform CPR and save a life. [Download registry instructions]

       Minnesota AED Registry
       A free online Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Registry that supports AED owners in the
       proper maintentance of their AEDs. Click here to register your AED today!       

       How To: Register your AED
                    Transfer the site
                    Replace electrodes or batteries

Evaluate your community's preparedness for cardiac emergencies by downloading and completing the statewide Heart Safe Community Designation Toolkit and Application

MNRC--IconAmbulance Prehospital Response

The MRC works with EMS medical directors and EMA education sites to develop and implement:

  • Standardized guidelines for 911 dispatch assisted bystander CPR.
  • Improved quality of prehospital CPR with an evidence-based approach to quality CPR and standardized practice throughout the state
  • Develop statewide protocols for cardiac arrest management and transport

MNRC--IconHosp Hospital Response

The MRC, with a team of experts from Minnesota hospitals, work together to develop best practices that will:

  • Increase the percentage of SCA patients who receive hypothermia treatment in a level 1 resuscitation center, with a 24/7 team of specialized critical care decision-makers
  • Increase the percentage of SCA victims who receive rapid angioplasty
  • Increase the percentage of SCA survivors who receive implanted defibrillators
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  • Last modified on November 18, 2015