New norms enable leap in cardiac survival rates

May 31st, 2008 - 3:01 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, May 31 (IANS) The latest guidelines issued for the use of critical care medical practitioners handling cardiac arrest patients have dramatically improved survival rates. The guidelines, issued by the American Heart Association (AHA), demonstrate that adherence to the complete treatment protocol quadruples the survival rate for such victims.

According to a study on the impact of these guidelines, there is no arguing with the benefits of a healthcare community being able to implement a comprehensive care plan for victims of cardiac arrest “from the living room of the victim’s home to the intensive care unit”.

What was especially valuable were the norms set for the use of compression, ventilation and induced hypothermia, the study found.

The essential elements of the AHA guidelines were a focus on simple, continuous cardiac compressions, controlled ventilations, early utilisation of induced hypothermia and transport of resuscitated patients to specialised post-resuscitation hospitals.

An evaluation of the guidelines was presented Friday at the annual meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.

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