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Reported October 3, 2013

Bystander CPR for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Improves Survival!

(Ivanhoe Newswire) –In 2001 through 2010 in Denmark, there was an increase in bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) that was associated with an increase in survival following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. 

Ten years ago, Denmark researchers discovered a low frequency of bystander CPR (less than 20 percent) and low 30-day survival (less than six percent), which led to several national initiatives to strengthen bystander resuscitation attempts and advanced  care.  Despite these nationwide efforts, it is unknown whether there have been any changes.

To examine this question, Mads Wissenberg, M.D., of Copenhagen University Hospital Gentofte, Hellerup, Denmark, and colleagues analyzed trends in pre-hospital factors related to cardiac arrest as well as trends in survival.  The study involved over 19,000 patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest for whom resuscitation was attempted. 

“Our nationwide study had 4 major findings: rates of bystander CPR increased substantially; survival rates at 30 days and l year more than tripled; the number of survivors per 100,000 persons more than doubled; and rates of defibrillation by bystanders remained low,” Dr. Wissenberg and colleagues were quoted as saying.

For more information, go to: http://media.jamanetwork.com/news-item/study-finds-increase-survival-following-bystander-cpr-hospital-cardiac-arrest/

SOURCE: JAMA, October 2013

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