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Characteristics and outcome of false cardiac arrests in hospital.
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PMID:  16497428     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Not all hospitalised patients with symptoms of a presumed or threatened cardiac arrest, for whom the rescue team is alerted, eventually suffer a cardiac arrest. This article aims to describe the characteristics and outcome of "false cardiac arrests". METHODS: All patients hospitalised at Sahlgrenska University Hospital for whom the rescue team was alerted between 1 November 1994 and 15 October 2002 were included. RESULTS: In all, there were 1538 calls for the rescue team, of which 70% were caused by cardiac arrest, 9% by respiratory arrest and 21% by "other causes". Survival to discharge was 36% among patients with cardiac arrest, 64% among patients with respiratory arrest and 77% among patients with "other reasons for calling" (p<0.0001 for trend). Among survivors, a cerebral performance categories (CPC) score of 1 at hospital discharge was found in 83% of those with a cardiac arrest, 59% with respiratory arrest and 82% with other reasons for calling (NS for trend). CONCLUSION: Among patients at a Swedish university hospital for whom the rescue team was alerted, about one-third have a "false cardiac arrest". These patients had a survival rate which was about twice that of patients with a "true cardiac arrest". However, among survivors, cerebral function at discharge was similar, regardless of "false" or "true" cardiac arrest.
Andreas Hein; Ann-Britt Thorén; Johan Herlitz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2006-02-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Resuscitation     Volume:  69     ISSN:  0300-9572     ISO Abbreviation:  Resuscitation     Publication Date:  2006 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-05-02     Completed Date:  2006-10-31     Revised Date:  2009-08-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0332173     Medline TA:  Resuscitation     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  191-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Cardiology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, SE-413 45 Göteborg, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation / statistics & numerical data*
Consciousness Disorders / etiology
Heart Arrest / etiology,  mortality,  therapy*
Hospital Units / statistics & numerical data
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)*
Patient Discharge
Respiratory Insufficiency / therapy
Survival Rate
Treatment Outcome

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