Oct 4, 2005

Incidence of EMS-treated out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Europe

Christie AtwoodThomas D Rea


The potential impact of efforts in Europe to improve survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is unclear, in part, because estimates of incidence and survival are uncertain. The aim of the investigation was to determine a representative European incidence and survival from cardiac arrest in all-rhythms and in ventricular fibrillation treated by the emergency medical services (EMS). We used Medline to identify peer-reviewed articles published between 1 January 1980 and 30 June 2004 that reported a European community's EMS cardiac arrest experience. Inclusion criteria required the study to include at least 25 cases, report of the total number of all-rhythm and/or ventricular fibrillation arrests, and information about population size and study duration. The incidence was computed by dividing the total number of events by the product of the community's population and the study duration. Reports from 37 communities met the inclusion criteria. A total of 18,105 all-rhythm EMS-treated cardiac arrests occurred during 48 million person-years of observation, resulting in an overall incidence for all-rhythm arrests of 37.72 per 100,000 person-years. Incidence of ventricular fibrillation arrest was 16.84 per 100,000 person-years. Surv...Continue Reading

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Mentioned in this Paper

Ventricular Fibrillation
Emergency Care
Survival Analysis
Basic Cardiac Life Support
Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Electroversion Therapy
Cause of Death
Sudden Cardiac Death
Public Health Domain
Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

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