Apr 22, 2011

Quality management in resuscitation--towards a European cardiac arrest registry (EuReCa)

Resuscitation
Jan-Thorsten GräsnerLeo Bossaert

Abstract

Knowledge about the epidemiology of cardiac arrest in Europe is inadequate. To describe the first attempt to build up a Common European Registry of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, called EuReCa. After approaching key persons in participating countries of the European Resuscitation Council, five countries or areas within countries (Belgium, Germany, Andalusia, North Holland, Sweden) agreed to participate. A standardized questionnaire including 28 items, that identified various aspects of resuscitation, was developed to explore the nature of the regional/national registries. This comprises inclusion criteria, data sources, and core data, as well as technical details of the structure of the databases. The participating registers represent a population of 35 million inhabitants in Europe. During 2008, 12,446 cardiac arrests were recorded. The structure as well as the level of complexity varied markedly between the 5 regional/national registries. The incidence of attempted resuscitation ranged between registers from 17 to 53 per 100,000 inhabitants each year whilst the number of patients admitted to hospital alive ranged from 5 to 18 per 100,000 inhabitants each year. Bystander CPR varied 3-fold from 20% to 60%. Five countries agree...Continue Reading

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