Archive - Mar 28, 2017

Archive - Mar 28, 2017

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All Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Cases Should Be Transported to Cath-Lab Centers

Distance from the site of cardiac arrest to the center does not affect outcomes.

AARHUS, DENMARK -- People who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) have a better chance of survival if they are transported directly to a center with a cardiac catheterization laboratory, regardless of distance, rather than simply to the nearest hospital, according to new research conducted in Denmark.

"Their chances are better if they are admitted directly for specialized post-resuscitation care with coronary angiography and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), even if that center is farther away than a general hospital," said Dr. Tinne Tranberg (Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark) in an interview with heartwire from Medscape.

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