Saturday News Tip - November 3, 2012
RESS Abstract 68 - Embargoed until 11:30 a.m. PT / 2:30 p.m. ET
- Pulse loss after out-of-hospital cardiac resuscitation is linked to in-hospital death
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RESS Abstract 68 (JW Marriott at LA Live, Gold Ballroom)
Pulse loss after out-of-hospital cardiac resuscitation is linked to in-hospital death
People who receive CPR, are resuscitated, and then lose their pulse again before reaching the emergency department have a greater chance of dying in the hospital, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2012.
This phenomenon is known as “re-arrest.”
Researchers studied 18,937 cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in 2006-08 at 10 sites in North America. Emergency medical service personnel treated 11,456 patients (average age 64), reviving 4,609.
Of the 3,116 patients whose health status at emergency department arrival was available, 15.2 percent had lost their pulse after being revived outside the hospital. Survival to hospital discharge for those in re-arrest was 7.8 percent compared to 33.3 percent for patients who had not gone into re-arrest.
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