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Authors

Andreas Blahous

Abstract

The Australian Centre for Pre-hospital Research manages the Cardiac Outcomes Project on behalf of the Queensland Ambulance Service. The project aims to develop an evidence-base to assist in improving the pre-hospital treatment of patients experiencing an out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) and, through improved resuscitation practices, to increase the likelihood of survival for these patients. It achieves this through the audit and analysis of case reports for each OHCA attended by the Queensland Ambulance Service for the state of Queensland. The research literature suggests that there are a number of factors that can positively impact on survival from an OHCA. These include having your arrest witnessed by a bystander or paramedic, receiving bystander CPR, receiving early defibrillation, and having a shockable rhythm during the arrest. Many of these factors though, are beyond the scope of influence of pre-hospital care providers. This study will investigate the influence of factors such as the level of paramedic skills and training (ICP versus non-ICP), make and type of defibrillator and response time on survival of patients experiencing an OHCA. Temporal trends in survival for the period 2000-2002 will be reported and discussed.

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