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Patients More Likely to Survive In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Today: Study
Date:11/14/2012

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Girotra said this study is "a small step in trying to understand survival." He added that research is needed to better define what factors have the greatest impact on survival by actually visiting facilities and conducting in-depth interviews.

"When there's a cardiac arrest, somebody's really trying to die right in front of you," said Girotra. "Effective resuscitation really involves a team to perform steps in a coordinated fashion, and these factors differ by hospital. We need to identify what are some of these factors that will help us understand how resuscitation care is organized and what will improve quality so we can better educate physicians and staff."

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Learn about the "Get with the Guidelines - Resuscitation" program at the American Heart Association.

SOURCES: Saket Girotra, M.D., S.M., associate in medicine, division of cardiovascular disease, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City; Ralph Sacco, M.D., past president, American Heart Association, and chairman, neurology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Fla.; Nov. 15, 2012, New England Journal of Medicine


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