Run Time: 2 minutes
Author: Dylan Luyten M.D.
- The Canadian Medical Association Journal published a study this year looking at the association between what floor people live on and cardiac arrest survival.
- In the US, 2% of patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survive with a favorable neurologic outcome and 5% survive to discharge from hospital.
- The study found that if you live on the first, second, or third floor, you have a 5.3% rate of survival to hospital discharge. If you lived above the third floor, the survival to hospital discharge rate was 2.7%. If you lived above the 16th floor, the survival to hospital discharge rate was 1.0%. If you lived above the 25th floor, the survival to hospital discharge rate was 0.0%.
- These findings indicated a strong, statistically significant association between a patient’s location in a building and the chances of surviving an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.