Continuing Professional Development: Survivability of PreHospital Cardiac Arrest: A Survey


OverviewPrehospital cardiac arrest patients are historically known to have low survival rates. It is also a common medical presentation that ambulance clinicians have to treat. This survey looks at survivability figures of these patients brought into one hospital over a 12-month period, and discusses factors such as return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC), advanced life support (ALS) and basic life support (BLS). It also discusses the difficult choice of whether to ‘stay on scene’ or ‘load and go’.Learning OutcomesAfter completing this module you will be able to:• Appreciate the appropriate use of data and how it is affected by the Data Protection Act.• Appreciate that effective basic life support (BLS) is the most important factor in achieving a successful outcome from prehospital cardiac arrest.• Understand the importance of interprofessional and interdepartmental collaboration in allowing research and data compilation.• Understand that each prehospital cardiac arrest case is unique, and accept that each clinician must make their decision in a dynamic environment.• Reflect on future cardiac arrest patients, and be more open to the two options of ‘load and go’ or ‘stay on scene’.

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