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Characteristics and outcome of false cardiac arrests in hospital.
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2006 (English)In: Resuscitation, ISSN 0300-9572, E-ISSN 1873-1570, Vol. 69, no 2, 191-197 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
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BACKGROUND: Not all hospitalised patients with symptoms of a presumed or threatened cardiac arrest, for whom the rescue team is alerted, eventually suffer a cardiac arrest. This article aims to describe the characteristics and outcome of "false cardiac arrests". METHODS: All patients hospitalised at Sahlgrenska University Hospital for whom the rescue team was alerted between 1 November 1994 and 15 October 2002 were included. RESULTS: In all, there were 1538 calls for the rescue team, of which 70% were caused by cardiac arrest, 9% by respiratory arrest and 21% by "other causes". Survival to discharge was 36% among patients with cardiac arrest, 64% among patients with respiratory arrest and 77% among patients with "other reasons for calling" (p<0.0001 for trend). Among survivors, a cerebral performance categories (CPC) score of 1 at hospital discharge was found in 83% of those with a cardiac arrest, 59% with respiratory arrest and 82% with other reasons for calling (NS for trend). CONCLUSION: Among patients at a Swedish university hospital for whom the rescue team was alerted, about one-third have a "false cardiac arrest". These patients had a survival rate which was about twice that of patients with a "true cardiac arrest". However, among survivors, cerebral function at discharge was similar, regardless of "false" or "true" cardiac arrest.

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Elsevier Ireland Ltd , 2006. Vol. 69, no 2, 191-197 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-8036DOI: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2005.08.011Local ID: 2320/9028OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-8036DiVA: diva2:888919
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