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Comment & Response
August 2015

Outcomes After Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Treated by Basic vs Advanced Life Support

Author Affiliations
  • 1Departments of Critical Care and Emergency Medicine, Kaiser Permanente, East Bay, Oakland, California
  • 2Department of Emergency Medicine, Kaiser Permanente, Roseville, Roseville, California
  • 3Marin County, Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael Emergency Medical Services, Department of Emergency Medicine, San Rafael, California

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JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(8):1422-1423. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.2109

To the Editor We read the article by Sanghavi et al1 with great interest and applaud the authors on their use of the Medicare claims database to examine patient-oriented outcomes resulting from advanced life support (ALS) vs basic life support (BLS) treatment for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). However, we feel to conclude that BLS offers a survival advantage is unwarranted given the data presented.

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