04/24/10 115 W, 1 I - + 8 - 5 Wake EMS Featured for Improved Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates

Wake County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be featured in an upcoming issue of the medical journal Annals of Emergency Medicine, highlighting the County’s 200 percent improvement in outcomes for victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Wake County. The article is available for download now . Cardiac arrest is an immediately life-threatening condition in which a person’s heartbeat and breathing stop. The review, which observed 1,365 victims of cardiac arrest between January 2004 and October 2007, tracked significant increases in survival rates as treatment protocols were enhanced. The improved treatment measures saved an additional 25 lives per year in Wake County during that time. Read entire press release.

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