Analysis of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in European countries


During a situation of cardiorespiratory arrest, one of the methods to restore the patient’s breathing and heart rhythm is through the use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The importance of this manoeuvre lies in the increase of the survival rate, taking into account that rapid response in an emergency situation is vital since for every minute without cardiac massage, the survival rate decreases by 10%.

According to an international study by EuReCa ONE designed as the first initial step to establish a European Registry of Cardiac Arrest (EuReCa). The aim of the EuReCa ONE study was to determine the incidence, process and outcome of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) across Europe. Data was collected on 10,682 confirmed OHCAs from 248 different regions in 27 countries, covering an estimated population of 174 million (34%) of 514 million people living in these European countries.

Based on the study carried out, it is realized that for the 27 countries, there is a high number of cases of cardiac arrest, while a high number of pulmonary resuscitations are applied. The foregoing highlights the high demand or the high need to use this CPR manoeuvre.

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