Surging Ahead in Heart Attack Care

Last month we sent out a letter to all of the 740 SCPC accredited hospitals encouraging them to add the EHAC educational module to their CPR programs. The first 200 hospitals that agree to participate will receive 500 free Deputy Heart Attack badges to utilize in their education. To date, we have almost 40 hospitals that have signed up and received their badges!

Why do we need to do this? We want to help make it easier to spread the message that death by heart attack can be prevented if we capture the 50% of patients that present with early symptoms. This is what EHAC teaches us and what we want to spread with your employees and your community. However, if we take the message to the next level, we also want to spread the knowledge that your accredited Chest Pain Center has a user-friendly pathway to efficiently check out these patients.

Educated EHAC employees become ambassadors within the hospital and within your community in carrying out this message and strategy. We are calling this our Surge Approach and we are asking you to become part of this united front to effectively battle heart attack deaths.

You might ask why we are adding EHAC to the CPR Program? Think about it. Both EHAC and CPR are part of the spectrum for heart attacks, but CPR is for dead patients who need resuscitation and EHAC is for patients trying to prevent a heart attack from occurring. Would you want to be rolled into the hospital on a stretcher or walk into the hospital with mild chest symptoms and be checked  out? Good sense makes good medicine and preventive medicine is the best!

The Society encourages EHAC training be carried out electronically using the website Here your employees can take a 10 minute course followed by a quick test and then they take the EHAC Oath. Your employee then becomes deputized into action as an early caregiver. Such employees are counted on the EHAC counter on the website. Currently we have over 23,000 who have taken this course and become deputies.

We do understand that Early Heart Attack Care information is presented in lectures given outside the hospital. When this occurs, we recommend that the standard EHAC information, quiz and oath be given before an employee is deputized. In such situations, we ask that the roster include both the names and the addresses of those in attendance. You can share this information by submitting it to us via e-mail so we can add it to the EHAC counter.

A final thought... Once upon a time, heart attack care was variable care and survival depended upon the capabilities of the hospital. Today, we work hard to promote the best heart attack care possible and accredit hospitals that perform in such a manner…….but, it does not stop here……individually, we can do our part to improve care in our community…..but collectively, if we can come together as a force, we can do even more………we can spread this new level of care throughout the United States and take heart attack deaths out of first place where it has been for over 150 years……800,000 deaths each year in the US is too much. Enough is enough! 

I will be available to answer questions on EHAC at our upcoming 16th Congress in Orlando, Florida on April 24th and 25th. Stop by the booth to discuss your concerns, questions and tell me how your hospital is addressing EHAC community outreach.

Best of Luck in Saving a Life,
Raymond D.Bahr MD

Dr. Raymond Bahr's Articles & Videos

Dr. Raymond Bahr writes articles about the EHAC movement. He has also done several videos that outline the importance of Early Heart Attack Care.

Meet the Deputy Heart Attack Founder

Dr. Raymond Bahr

Dr. Raymond Bahr is passionate about cardiac care and preventive education. As the founding father of the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (now ACC Accreditation Services), his passion to disseminate lifesaving information is a driving force behind the Deputy Heart Attack Program. Throughout his career, he has created multiple programs to help others understand the life saving measures that can save a life. In 1981 at St. Agnes Hospital, Dr. Bahr established the Chest Pain Emergency Department (CPED), the first such unit in the world. The initial purpose of this CPED was prompt and effective treatment of patients presenting with heart attack/sudden death. The CPED was coupled with an aggressive education program that taught the community the early warning signs of a heart attack. This education program extended to middle and high school students via health and science curricula.