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Cardiac arrest: The need for integrated multi-disciplinary actions for a continuum of care both in acute and at long-term

Published:January 28, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejim.2020.01.014
      Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is a devastating and dramatic event, with a mortality of around 90% prior to hospitalization and a severe in-hospital outcome, since less than 6 percent of people who experience an OHCA survive to hospital discharge [
      • Chan P.S.
      • McNally B.
      • Tang F.
      • Kellermann A.
      • Group C.S
      Recent trends in survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the United States.
      ]. However, around half of the patients admitted to hospital who presented ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation at the time of resuscitation can nowadays survive and can be discharged from hospital with reasonable neurological conditions [
      • Hassager C.
      • Nagao K.
      • Hildick-Smith D
      Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: in-hospital intervention strategies.
      ].

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