Study Finds 38% Of Cardiac Arrests Preventable
The findings of a study published by the National Confidential Into Patient Outcome And Death are that 38% of cardiac arrests in the patients whose cases were considered could have been prevented.
The study focused on the assessment of patients by doctors to detect risks of a cardiac arrest. In the cases studied, the authors of the report found that the junior doctors’ assessment of the patients had failed to identify warning signs of cardiac arrest in 75% of patients.
Disturbingly, the report concluded that 38% of the cardiac arrests (156 patients in the study) were potentially avoidable had doctors taken appropriate action. Only 14% of patients who had a cardiac arrest in hospital survived.
The study went on to consider the treatment of cardiac arrests, and found that staff had reported problems in resuscitation in 29% of attempts, including equipment problems and poor team work between doctors. Almost 1 in 5 patients had a delay beyond the recommended maximum of 3 minutes before defibrillation was carried out.
The results of the study are clear evidence that many cardiac arrests could and should be avoided and that many patients died but would not have with proper assessment and treatment.
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