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Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2012 Feb;30(1):1-12. doi: 10.1016/j.emc.2011.09.003. Epub 2011 Oct 15.

Cardiac arrest: a public health perspective.

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Department of Internal Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

Abstract

This article reviews out-of-hospital cardiac arrest from a public health perspective. Case definitions are discussed. Incidence, outcome, and fixed and modifiable risk factors for cardiac arrest are described. There is a large variation in survival between communities that is not explained by patient or community factors. Study of variation in outcome in other related conditions suggest that this is due to differences in organizational culture rather than processes of care. A public health approach to improving outcomes is recommended that includes ongoing monitoring and improvement of processes and outcome of care.

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22107970
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10.1016/j.emc.2011.09.003
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