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Sharp decrease in deaths from sudden cardiac arrest
Date:11/23/2011

the quality of CPR is better in hospital where victims can quickly be given highly advanced care."

More victims outside hospital now survive

The number of people surviving cardiac arrest outside hospital has nevertheless increased over the past decade. "This is probably due to several factors, including the introduction of mechanical chest compression, but CPR by bystanders is also becoming more common, and follow-up care in hospital has improved."

9% fully survive

Of the 3,871 cases of sudden cardiac arrest reviewed, 8.8% of victims survived and could be discharged from hospital. In the subgroup of patients suffering from ventricular fibrillation, which is the kind of cardiac arrest that can be treated with a defibrillator, one in five patients could be discharged.
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Contact: Martin Fredriksson
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University of Gothenburg
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