Author Affiliations: Departments of Emergency Medicine (Dr Sanders) and Internal Medicine (Dr Kern), Sarver Heart Center, University of Arizona, Tucson.
Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is a devastating syndrome that has a dismal prognosis in many communities.1,2 However, the magnitude of the problem in the United States and Canada is such that even small improvements in survival translate into thousands of lives saved. Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest remains a major public health issue, prompting the American Heart Association to suggest that it be designated a reportable disease.3
Sanders AB, Kern KB. Surviving Cardiac ArrestLocation, Location, Location. JAMA. 2008;300(12):1462-1463. doi:10.1001/jama.300.12.1462