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May 9, 2012

Improving Outcomes Following In-Hospital Cardiac ArrestLife After Death

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute and University of Missouri, Kansas City (Dr Chan); and VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, and Department of Internal Medicine and Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Dr Nallamothu).

JAMA. 2012;307(18):1917-1918. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.3504

Approximately 200 000 US patients annually experience in-hospital cardiac arrest,1 yet clinicians continue to have poor understanding about how to improve patient survival after these events. In part, this is because cardiac arrest is an unexpected event that is difficult to predict with certainty. Moreover, cardiac arrest involves heterogeneous groups of patients necessitating the engagement of numerous physician specialties, hospital floors, and allied health care personnel to improve resuscitation outcomes.

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