Archive - Apr 23, 2012

Archive - Apr 23, 2012


Pittsburgh EMS Sets Record Revival Rate for Cardiac Arrest

There may be another good reason why Pittsburgh should be considered one of the most liveable cities in the U.S. Add to its high marks in national surveys the fact that sudden cardiac arrest survival rates improved from 5-7% to 16.4% in recent years.

PITTSBURGH--Pittsburgh paramedics have set a city record for the resuscitation of patients in cardiac arrest, and now officials are weighing strategies for further boosting the survival rate. 

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said one possibility is encouraging bystanders to start CPR before rescue workers arrive at a call, something believed to have helped Seattle post high resuscitation rates.

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