Podcast #112:  Cardiac Arrest Survival Rate

14c92519-061e-445c-81e0-64a10d7f6bafRun Time:  2 minutes

Author:  Dylan Luyten M.D.

Educational Pearls:

  • 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.

Link to Podcast: http://medicalminute.madewithopinion.com/cardiac-arrest-survival-rate/

References: http://www.defibfirst.com.au/images/AED_high-rise_research_study-Canadian_Medical_Association_Journal.pdf

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