Cardiac Emergency Response Plan (CERP)

Are you ready?

Become a part of the Nation of Heartsavers that are prepared to act in an emergency with three simple steps: Share, Practice, and Activate.

The American Heart Association Cardiac Emergency Response Plan is a written document that establishes the specific steps to reduce death from cardiac arrest in any setting – be it a school, community organization, workplace, or sports facility.

Only about 40% of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest receive the immediate help that they need before professional help arrives. When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby.
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CERP Implementation Guide

Share Practice Activate

This guide will help organizations create, share, practice, activate, and evaluate a cardiac emergency response plan to reduce death from cardiac arrest in any setting.

Download the CERP Implementation Guide (PDF)

Download the checklists:

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The American Heart Association has created an easy-to-use Cardiac Emergency Response plan to help assist you in preparing your location to act in an emergency.

Download the Cardiac Emergency Response Plan and Protocol – Community (PDF)

Download the Cardiac Emergency Response Plan and Protocol – Schools (PDF)

Download the Cardiac Emergency Response Plan and Protocol – Sports Facilities (PDF)

Get Trained

With Faster, Flexible and Quality First Aid CPR and AED Training, the American Heart Association (AHA) can help make sure you are ready with a variety of courses designed to prepare you for real life situations. mission is to train every person in CPR, and we know from experience that our training education products deliver a great foundation for First Aid, CPR & AED training at any level from healthcare professionals to workplaces to schools and community organizations.

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Get Information on AED Implementation

You Have the Power to Restart a Heart. We Can Show You How. Are you one of the 50% who can locate an automated defibrillator (AED) at work? Immediate CPR and use of an AED can double, or even triple, survival rates.

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