February 10, 2016
Patient survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest increased with a rising number of cardiac arrests the responding paramedics had treated within the previous 3 years, according to new data published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality Outcomes.
Researchers conducted a retrospective study to assess the association between paramedic exposure to out-of-hospital CPR and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patient survival in the Australian state of Victoria. Paramedic exposure and patient outcomes were measured using data from the Victorian Ambulance Cardiac Arrest Registry and the Ambulance Victoria employment database. Paramedics attend about 5,000 cardiac arrests each year across the Australian state of Victoria, according to Ambulance Victoria acting general manager, emergency relations, Anthony Carlyon.