Clinical update

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: what nurses need to know

A new report shows the value of early interventions and community CPR training

A National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death report shows that timely interventions improve patient survival rates and highlights the need for more community CPR training

Essential facts

According to the Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK), there are around 60,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) each year in the UK , with ambulance crews attempting resuscitation in around half of those cases.

Yet on average, fewer than one in ten people in the UK survive an OHCA. This is low compared to many other countries, including Norway, where seven out of ten survive.


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