UA study: Procedure dramatically ups cardiac arrest survival rate

UA study: Procedure dramatically ups cardiac arrest survival rate

By Phil Villarreal. CREATED Jul 30, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Cardiac arrest patients in Arizona have a much higher chance of survival, thanks to a system developed by University of Arizona researchers now used statewide.

According to a UA-led study, procedures that send sudden cardiac arrest victims to designated cardiac receiving centers -- rather than non-specialized emergency rooms -- increase patients' survival rates by 60 percent.

The findings, published in  Annals of Emergency Medicine, examined cases from 2007 to 2010. In addition to the survival rate boost, the study also found that patients were more than twice as likely than before to survive with good neurological status.

UA researchers partnered with the Arizona Department of Heatlh Services to institute the Save Hearts Arizona Registry and Education-SHARE Program. More than 30 hospitals and 100 rescue agencies signed on in 2007.
"We knew lives would be saved if the hospitals implemented the latest cutting-edge guidelines for post-cardiac arrest care and we were able to get cardiac arrest patients to those hospitals, similar to what is done for Level 1 trauma patients," said lead study author Daniel Spaite, director of EMS research at the University of Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center in Phoenix and Tucson, in a news release.