Improving outcomes from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in young children and adolescents

Dianne L. Atkins*, Stuart Berger

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is an unusual but devastating occurrence in a young person. Years of life-lost are substantial and long-term health care costs of survivors can be high. However, there have been noteworthy improvements in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) standards, out-of hospital care, and postcardiac arrest therapies that have resulted in a several-fold improvement in resuscitation outcomes. Recent interest and research in resuscitation of children has the promise of generating improvements in the outcomes of these patients. Integrated and coordinated care in the out-of-hospital and hospital settings are required. This article will review the epidemiology of OHCA, the 2010 CPR guidelines, and developments in public access defibrillation for children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)474-483
Number of pages10
JournalPediatric cardiology
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2012

Keywords

  • Cardiac arrest
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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