Archive - Oct 1, 2013

Archive - Oct 1, 2013

Study Finds Increase in Survival Following Bystander CPR for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

In Denmark between 2001 and 2010 there was an increase in bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) that was associated with an increase in survival following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, according to a study in the October 2 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest affects approximately 300,000 individuals in North America annually. “Despite efforts to improve prognosis, survival remains low, with aggregated survival-to-discharge rates less than 8 percent.  In many cases, time from recognition of cardiac arrest to the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS) is long, leaving bystanders in a critical position to potentially influence patient prognosis through intervention before EMS arrival. However, only a minority of cardiac arrests receive bystander CPR,” according to background information in the article.

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