Cardiac Arrest Survival Statistics

We’re getting better with our management of out of hospital cardiac arrest via quality bystander CPR. The majority of this credit should go to the organizations such as the AHA who puts together programs taught by firefighters, paramedics and EMT’s (forgive me if I screw up the semantics) to health care personnel and the lay public which empower those attendees to save lives with their training. Let’s look at the statistics to understand what the survival was is in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

No matter how you look at it, the numbers are still pretty bad, but they’re getting better. 8.8% of cardiac arrest patients lived to be discharged from the hospital. Some nuisances behind those numbers include no quality of life being discussed, nor a breakdown of the etiology behind the arrests by subgroups. Nonetheless, the authors did a great job of compiling data from many different studies to give us an idea of what we can expect when our patients roll into our emergency departments and ICUs. 

Only 22% survive long enough to be admitted to the hospital.

In the last decade we’ve improved the survival to hospital discharge and 1 year survival. We should all pat ourselves on the back to some extent bc were the ones who do and will take care of these patients. I know that we sometimes prolong death, but we’ve all had some big wins that have given us purpose and made our hearts full with satisfaction for what we’re trained to do. A hat tip to the authors.

Yan, S., Gan, Y., Jiang, N. et al. The global survival rate among adult out-of-hospital cardiac arrest pYan S, Gan Y, Jiang N, Wang R, Chen Y, Luo Z, Zong Q, Chen S, Lv C. The global survival rate among adult out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients who received cardiopulmonary resuscitation: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Crit Care. 2020 Feb 22;24(1):61. doi: 10.1186/s13054-020-2773-2. PMID: 32087741; PMCID: PMC7036236.
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