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Survival Trends for In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

At hospitals participating in the Get With the Guidelines–Resuscitation registry, survival and neurologic outcomes following in-hospital cardiac arrest appear to have improved between 2000 and 2009. During a study, rates of survival to discharge increased from 13.7% to 22.3% for hospitals participating in the program. Rates of clinically significant neurologic disability among survivors decreased from 32.9% to 28.1%. These improvements were attributable to enhanced acute resuscitation survival and post-resuscitation survival. Abstract: New England Journal of Medicine, November 15,...

Resuscitation Efforts Impact Survival After Cardiac Arrest

Systematically increasing the duration of resuscitation in patients with cardiac arrest may improve survival, according to American investigators. The average duration of resuscitation was 12 minutes for patients who returned to spontaneous circulation, compared with 20 minutes for non-survivors. Patients at hospitals in the quartile with the longest attempts (25 minutes) were more likely to return to spontaneous circulation and survive to discharge when compared with patients at hospitals in the quartile with the shortest attempts in non-survivors (16 minutes). Abstract: Lancet, September 5,...

Trends in Cardiac Arrest Among the Young

The incidence of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) appears to be higher than previously reported, according to a retrospective study. The overall OHCA incidence was 2.28 cases per 100,000 person-years between 1980 and 2009. The overall survival rate was 26.9%, but survival increased from 13.0% in 1980 to 40.2% in 2009. Abstract: Circulation, August 10, 2012...
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