New Data Released from CARES Program on SCA’s

Aug 15th, 2011 | By | Category: Response Times

For 30 years, we’ve known that the survival rate for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) has been low. Now, data recently released from the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) project shed new light on the otherwise dismal SCA statistics. Published in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, data covered OHCA events that took place between October 2005 and December 2010.  Some of the findings include:

-the mean age at cardiac arrest was 64 years old
-61.1 percent of people who experienced OHCA were male
-only 3.7 percent were treated by bystanders with an AED prior to EMS arrival
-21.6 percent of patients were pronounced dead after resuscitation efforts were terminated in the pre-hospital setting
-survival rate to hospital admission was 26.3 percent
-survival rate to hospital discharge was 9.6 percent

The CARES project is a joint effort between the CDC, American Heart Association and Emory University School of Medicine to track data on SCA, which is not considered a reportable condition by federal officials.

Article courtesy of SCAA National

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