Cardiac arrest of nonpatients within hospital public areas

Bruce D. Adams

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Time to defibrillation is the most important controllable factor for survival. Hospitals also must respond to cardiac arrest in nonpatients (i.e., visitors and staff members) within their public areas. In-hospital cardiac arrest teams may be unaccustomed to resuscitating visitors under what is essentially a prehospital environment. All cardiorespiratory arrests over a 2-year period at the investigators' institution were reviewed. Six of the 749 in-hospital cardiorespiratory arrests (0.8%) occurred in visitors within public areas of the hospital. The average time to defibrillation for the public area cohort was significantly longer than for the in-hospital arrest control group (12.3 vs 2.5 minutes, p <0.0001). Further research is needed to reduce the time to defibrillation and consequently improve survival outcomes for cardiac arrest in hospital public areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1370-1371
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Cardiology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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