3 steps to help improve cardiac arrest survival rate in the U.S.

3 steps to help improve cardiac arrest survival rate in the U.S.

The survival rate for people who suffer cardiac arrest outside a hospital hovers around just 6 percent. But, it doesn’t have to be that low, a group of physicians urged in a new editorial.

“As a nation, we are falling far short in our efforts to improve survival for this exquisitely time-sensitive medical emergency,” lead author Dr. Bentley J. Bobrow, professor of emergency medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson and medical director for the Bureau of EMS and Trauma System in Arizona, wrote in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. “We can and must do far better.”

Funding for cardiac resuscitation research must be a national public health priority, the physicians urge.

They offer three steps to improving the national cardiac arrest survival rate in this infographic below. Dr. Thomas Discher, a cardiologist with Advocate Heart Institute at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Ill., also weighs in.



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  1. My son was 7 years old when he went into cardiac arrest in gym class.(He is now 9)By the grace of God the school had an AED and the school nurse was a CPR instructor. I am thankful for every extra day I have been given with him. CPR trading is vital! We now have an AED in our home and are CPR trained every year.

    • Hi Janel,
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      My Pastor has had 2 heart transplants and we call him: OUR MIRACLE MAN. So If this is something you would be interested in doing please feel free to reach out to me .

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Lisa Parro
Lisa Parro

Lisa Parro, health enews contributor, is manager of content strategy for Advocate Aurora Health. A former journalist, Lisa has been in health care public relations since 2008 and has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She and her family live in Chicago’s western suburbs.