Archive - Aug 24, 2011

Archive - Aug 24, 2011

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Some really interesting items in the CARES report

In no particular order, here are some punctuation marks from the CARES data for the past 4+ years.

By way of background, there are two significant categories of heart rhythm: shockable and un-shockable. The first chance we have of learning what a cardiac arrest victim's heart rhythm is occurs when an AED or cardiac monitor is first attached to the victim.

The length of time that passes between the victim's death and the attachment of a monitor / AED is extremely important because there is frequently a progression from one rhythm to another over time when someone arrests. For example, a victim might begin in a shockable rhythm when they died, and with the passage of a few minutes, they might have transitioned into an un-shockable rhythm.

Missing and Rusty Links...in the Chain of Survival

There's a nice, tidy guide to maximizing resuscitation success when someone has a sudden cardiac arrest: (1) immediately recognize the arrest for what it is and activate the 911 emergency response network; (2) immediately begin chest compressions; (3) promptly defibrillate the victim; (4) get the victim under Advanced Life Support care; and (5) provide early post-resuscitative care. It's called the Chain of Survival.

In some parts of the real world, however, there are a surprising number of rusty or missing links. What goes wrong?

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