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IOM report calls for national cardiac arrest registry, more CPR training

July 1, 2015

Read the Perspective from Clifton W. Callaway, MD, PhD

The Institute of Medicine released a report recommending several actions to improve survival rates of cardiac arrest and quality of life after it, including establishing a national cardiac arrest registry and training more people in how to use CPR and automated external defibrillators.

According to the report, there are approximately 395,000 cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the United States annually, and the survival rate is less than 6%, whereas there are approximately 200,000 U.S. cases of in-hospital cardiac arrest per year, and the survival rate is 24%.

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