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Health Agencies Update
August 25, 2015

Recommendations to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival

JAMA. 2015;314(8):761. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.9168

About 600 000 people in the United States experience cardiac arrest each year, and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) recently released a report titled “Strategies to Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival: A Time to Act” that details cardiac arrest outcomes in the United States and provides recommendations for increasing cardiac arrest survival rates (http://bit.ly/1HSyLOQ). The NAM convened a committee of experts to conduct the study, sponsored by the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, American College of Cardiology, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and US Department of Veterans Affairs. According to the report, current survival rates are less than 6% for individuals who experience cardiac arrest outside of the hospital and less than 24% for patients who experience cardiac arrest while hospitalized.