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- Amar Salam,
- Hajar Albinali,
- Rajvir Singh,
- Nidal Asaad,
- Awad Alqahtani,
- Abdurrazzak Gehani and
- Jassim Al Suwaidi
The influence of implementing the 2005 resuscitation guidelines in developing countries remains unknown. The aim of the current study is to determine if survival to hospital discharge has improved following the adoption of the 2005 guidelines in the state of Qatar which has implemented training and certification of healthcare providers in affiliation with the European Resuscitation Council since 1999.
Retrospective analysis of a prospective registry of all patients hospitalized alive after out of hospital cardiac arrest in the state of Qatar in the years 2002-2005 and 2007-2010 was made.
During the study period, 364 patients were hospitalized alive after out of hospital cardiac arrest; 180 patients during the period 2002-2005 and 184 patients during the period 2007-2010. Patients hospitalized in period following the guidelines changes significantly had more associated acute coronary syndromes compared to the control period (51.1% versus 38.3%; P value =0.01) whereas other comorbidities were similar among the two periods. The mortality rate showed a significant improvement from 73.3% in the period before the guidelines changes to 63.3% in the period after (p=0.04) [table].
Our study demonstrates that in patients hospitalized alive after out of hospital cardiac arrest survival has improved significantly after implementation of the resuscitation guideline changes despite an increased prevalence of acute coronary events in our patients.
Poster Sessions, Expo North
Sunday, March 10, 2013, 3:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Session Title: Improving Outcomes in Cardiac Arrest and Resuscitation
Abstract Category: 22. Performance Improvement
Presentation Number: 1262-273
- 2013 American College of Cardiology Foundation