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Celebrating cardiac arrest survival during EMS week
May 16, 2016

EMS Week in Johnson County celebrates the five links in the chain of survival for cardiac arrest victims.

Chain of survival for EMS Week


Link 1: Early recognition of cardiac arrest by the individuals witnessing the event and the dispatchers answering their 9-1-1 call for help.

An important partner in the first link is Johnson County Emergency Communications which manages countywide emergency communications systems and dispatch services. Operations is responsible for the processing of emergency and non-emergency calls for assistance received on E911 (Enhanced 911) and 10-digit phone lines.  Operations dispatches FIRE and EMS in Johnson County and EMS in Miami County. These emergency medical dispatchers start the chain of survival when they receive an emergency call from a bystander or witness.

Link 2: Witnesses of a cardiac event who perform CPR

The second link is high quality chest compressions, performed by the bystander who witnessed the event while being coached by the dispatcher. Here are some interesting statistics:

  • For every minute a victim doesn’t receive CPR, their chance of survival drops by 10 percent. 
  • Initiatives like Johnson County HeartSafe and dispatch assisted CPR mean victims of cardiac arrest in public locations and residences in Johnson County now receive CPR from family, friends, even strangers 67 percent of the time, an increase of 22 percent over 2015.   

Link 3: On-scene defibrillation performed by a bystander with a public access Automated External Defibrillator

The third link requires early defibrillation with a public access Automated External Defibrillator (AED). In Johnson County, cardiac arrest victims only benefit from the use of an AED 3 percent of the time. The low number may be because and AED is not available on site. Have you ever noticed if there is an AED available at your workplace?  Your church?  Your child’s school?  Your gym?  Because the state requires AEDs to be registered with the Mid-America Regional Council, we are able to show where AEDs are placed throughout Johnson County. Map of AED's in Johnson County

For more information on getting adding an AED to these critical locations, visit http://marc.org/Emergency-Services-9-1-1/MARCER/Activities/AED-Registry

Link 4: Early advance life support care provided by first responders (EMTs and paramedics) who arrive on scene.

Early advance life support care the county provides via dual paramedic ambulance response is the fourth link. MED-ACT ambulances respond alongside each community’s fire department and together emergency medical responders continue life saving care to ensure patients arrive at the hospital with the best chance of survival. Approximately 50 percent of cardiac arrest patients are transported to the hospital for continuing advance life support care. 

Link 5: 

The final link in the chain of survival involves our partners in the hospitals.  Medical professionals in the Emergency Department, Cath Lab, and Intensive Care Unit all work to help survivors regain function and capabilities to return to their daily routines.  

Because of the strength of each link in this chain, 43 percent of cardiac arrest victims in Johnson County in 2015 survived and were able to return to their lives, their families, and their work. This survival rate averages only 33 percent nationwide.



Second Saturdays sport a Royal focus
April 3, 2019

What better way to enjoy this month’s Second Saturday by spending some time at your local Johnson County Library? The May 14 hands-on activities focus on Let’s Go Royals inspired by the illustrations “The Night the World Turned Royal Blue” by artists Kristen and Kevin Howdeshell. Activities are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Second Saturdays is an ongoing collection of educational and entertaining events suitable for all ages. It happens on the second Saturday of each month, of course. Take a look online for upcoming activities at a library near you.

Free disaster response workshop on May 26
May 12, 2016

Is your organization prepared to continue operations should a tornado strike? We're here to help.

A free workshop on May 26 will allow businesses as well as public sector, non-governmental and voluntary organizations to discuss how they would respond to a severe weather scenario in Johnson County, and form partnerships before a real disaster strikes.

Johnson County Emergency Management & Communications, FEMA and Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. are partnering on the full day event which will feature presentations, panel discussions and a scenario-based discussion. The workshop is free but registration is required. 

More information and a link to register are available in this flyer.


Meeting cancellation
May 11, 2016

The Johnson County Solid Waste Management Committee Meeting for tonight May, 11th at 6:30 pm has been canceled.

JCPRD in the running for prestigious national award
May 11, 2016

Johnson County Park & Recreation District is one of four finalists for the 2016 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

The Gold Medal Awards honor U.S. communities that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development, and agency recognition.

You can read more about this award in this news release.

Looking for a way to enjoy JCPRD this weekend? We’ve got several!

Overnight Fishing at Shawnee Mission Park

Exhibit Gallery Grand Opening at Ernie Miller 

HP3 Duathlon, 5K and 10K at Heritage Park

Talk, Read, Play book drive ends May 11
April 3, 2019

In April, the Family Conservancy’s Talk, Read, Play initiative partnered with the United Community Services of Johnson County and Johnson County Government to engage resident to create healthy interactions with young children. Some Johnson County Libraries — Blue Valley, Corinth, Central Resource and Lackman —participated in a book drive for books suitable for children up to age five. The book drive ends Wednesday, May 11.

The Family Conservancy’s “Talk, Read, Play” early childhood educational campaign uses neuroscience studies about brain development in young children and simplifies it to a message every parent and caregiver can use to help support a child’s early development: Talk, Read, Play with your child every day.

For more information about Talk, Read, Play or to find ways to get involved with the program, visit our webpage, jocogov.org/talkreadplay.

Watch our Talk, Read, Play video on YouTube.