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Resuscitation. 2011 Aug;82(8):974-8. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2011.03.021. Epub 2011 Mar 29.

The development and implementation of cardiac arrest centers.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, One Deaconess Road, WCC2, Boston, MA 02215, United States.


In the last decade, many regionalized centers for the care of post-cardiac arrest patients (cardiac arrest centers) have all independently developed with a common goal of providing multi-disciplinary and organized care plans for this patient population. The American Heart Association recently issued support for regionalized and organized comprehensive care for post-arrest patients through a position paper as well as the 2010 American Heart Association BLS/ACLS guidelines. This paper outlines the formation, structure, and implementation of four cardiac arrest centers, and also discusses a statewide model of post-arrest center care. This paper may assist other potential clinical sites that are considering or actively developing cardiac arrest centers of their own.

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