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CPR use, survival rates low after cardiac arrest in black neighborhoods

CPR use, survival rates low after cardiac arrest in black neighborhoods
September 22, 2017

Adults with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest were less likely to receive bystander treatment and had lower survival if the event occurred in a predominately black neighborhood, according to published findings.

“Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival rate is 8.3% to 10% annually; however, there is regional variation in the incidence of and survival from OHCA,” Monique Anderson Starks, MD, MHS, of the Duke Clinical Research Institute, and colleagues wrote. “The incidence of OHCA has been consistently higher in black individuals compared with white individuals in the United States. Notable disparities exist in CPR training and the use of bystander CPR in predominantly black vs. white communities.”

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