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.
Mark DG, Vinson DR, Ballard DW. Outcomes After Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Treated by Basic vs Advanced Life Support. JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(8):1422-1423. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.2109