Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest in Denmark: Bystander Intervention and Patient Survival Epidemiological Studies 

Mads Wissenberg Jørgensen

Publikation: Bog/antologi/afhandling/rapportPh.d.-afhandlingForskning

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Cardiac arrest is an emergency medical condition characterized by the cessation of cardiac mechanical activity; without immediate and decisive treatment, a victim’s chances of survival are minimal. Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is a particular arrest subgroup that poses additional challenges, due to the victim’s physical location, which brings an inherent risk of delay (or altogether absence) of recognition and treatment of cardiac arrest. A low frequency of bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation and low 30-day survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest were identified nearly ten years ago in Denmark. These findings led to several national initiatives to strengthen bystander resuscitation attempts and advance care. Despite these nationwide efforts, it was unknown prior to this project whether these efforts resulted in changes in resuscitation attempts by bystanders and changes in patient survival following out-of hospital cardiac arrest; utilizing the Danish nationwide registries, we sought to answer these questions. Moreover, in order to further improve understanding and target future national strategies for cardiac arrest management, we examined whether there were sex- and age-related differences in patient characteristics and survival, and whether it was possible to identify patients with minimal chance of long-term survival.

ForlagAalborg Universitetsforlag
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-87-7112-346-3
StatusUdgivet - 2015
NavnPh.d.-serien for Det Sundhedsvidenskabelige Fakultet, Aalborg Universitet