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Life after cardiac arrest. A retrospective study
[external]. (Prehospital akutsjukvård)
1996 (English)In: Resuscitation, ISSN 0300-9572, E-ISSN 1873-1570, Vol. 31, no 2, 135-140 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
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AIM: We decided to evaluate the life situation of the survivors after out-of-hospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). METHOD: CPR survivors who were 75 years or younger at the time and who were discharged alive from the hospital were identified consecutively. Average follow-up time was 25.5 months, and at follow-up 24% were deceased and 9% were lost. A questionnaire was completed by 93% and 71% were positive to an interview. RESULTS: Cognitive functions were reduced as well as capacity to perform activities in daily living. This resulted in dependence on other persons for living (nursing homes) and a low return to work. Social isolation was a common complaint. The survivors also reported lower pain awareness than the reference population. As far as other aspects of health-related quality of life, this small group show many similarities with previously evaluated post-infarction patients. CONCLUSION: Lower pain awareness should be taken into consideration when the CPR patients have ischemic heart disease. If possible, try to prevent social isolation.

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Elsevier Ireland Ltd , 1996. Vol. 31, no 2, 135-140 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-7785DOI: 10.1016/0300-9572(95)00903-5Local ID: 2320/8804OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-7785DiVA: diva2:888666
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