Introduction of the Expert
The burden of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is huge.
The multicentre EuReCa study of registry data from 28 European countries reported large variations in the outcome, with only 8% of patients surviving discharge.
While efforts continue to increase rates of bystander CPR and early defibrillation, further efforts are also required to improve post-resuscitation care, including the development of cardiac arrest centres, and to further develop the evidence base for patient selection for advanced therapies including interventional cardiology and mechanical support, and to improve access to rehabilitation and support for survivors and their families: the true ‘chain of survival’.
Prof. Tom Quinn
Professor of Cardiovascular Nursing
Emergency, Cardiovascular & Critical Care Research Group
The resources below have been selected by Dr. Johannes Grand.
ACVC Young Member
ESC e-Learning Platform (ESCeL)
Access a selection of relevant courses in the field:
- Sudden cardiac death: epidemiology and prevention
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the post-cardiac arrest syndrome
European Heart Journal - Acute Cardiovascular Care
Access a selection of relevant scientific papers in the field:
- An observational study assessing the impact of a cardiac arrest centre on patient outcomes after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA)
- Prehospital study of survival outcomes from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in ST-elevation myocardial infarction in Queensland, Australia (the PRAISE study)
- Improving bystander defibrillation in out-of-hospital cardiac arrests at home
Position paper of the ACVC, EAPCI, EHRA, ERC, EUSEM and ESICM:
The cardiac arrest centre for the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest due to presumed cardiac cause – aims, function and structure
ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines
The objective of the survey is to identify differences and disparities in the approach to treatment and monitoring of patients admitted after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest across Europe.