The National Cardiac Arrest Collaborative Definition and Scope


1. The National Cardiac Arrest Collaborative (NCAC) is a collaboration of peer organizations, who are stakeholders or actors in the effort to reduce the societal burden of cardiac arrest.  


2. Members meet to share actions, ideas, materials, or initiatives, specifically organized around the recommendations in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, “Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival: A Time to Act”.


3. All members are independent attendees of the collaborative, and the collaborative does not restrict or control the activities of any member.  Conversely, a member is free to decline participation in any particular action or effort of the collaborative.


4. Meetings and communications within the collaborative focus on reaching consensus about actions, ideas, materials, or initiatives to address common goals of the stakeholders. 


5. Meetings allow members to learn about current work and projects of their peers in this field and to share their own current work and projects that address the common goals.


6. Members may use messages, ideas, actions, materials or information from the collaborative in their own organizational efforts.  


7. Members should identify opportunities to collaborate with their peers on joint ventures, actions, ideas, materials, or initiatives.


8. To facilitate operation of the collaborative, the NCAC steering committee will

  • schedule and prepare agendas for NCAC meetings
  • facilitate NCAC meetings
  • share results and actions from NCAC meetings with the members
  • facilitate communication between NCAC members, including convening ad hoc task forces
  • coordinate and monitor completion of work by NCAC task forces


9. NCAC members should attend meetings using their own resources, and NCAC members who are able should take turns hosting meetings of the collaborative.