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Post cardiac arrest care and follow-up in Sweden – a national survey
Linköping University, . (iCARE)
Lund University.
University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare. (PreHospen och iCARE)
University of Sheffield.
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2016 (English)In: BMC Nursing, ISSN 1472-6955, E-ISSN 1472-6955, Vol. 15, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Abstract [en]

Background

Recent decades have shown major improvements in survival rates after cardiac arrest. However, few interventions have been tested in order to improve the care for survivors and their family members. In many countries, including Sweden, national guidelines for post cardiac arrest care and follow-up programs are not available and current practice has not previously been investigated. The aim of this survey was therefore to describe current post cardiac arrest care and follow-up in Sweden.

Methods

An internet based questionnaire was sent to the resuscitation coordinators at all Swedish emergency hospitals (n = 74) and 59 answers were received. Quantitative data were analysed with descriptive statistics and free text responses were analysed using manifest content analysis.

Results

Almost half of the hospitals in Sweden (n = 27, 46 %) have local guidelines for post cardiac arrest care and follow-up. However, 39 % of them reported that these guidelines were not always applied. The most common routine is a follow-up visit at a cardiac reception unit. If the need for neurological or psychological support are discovered the routines are not explicit. In addition, family members are not always included in the follow-up.

Conclusions

Although efforts are already made to improve post cardiac arrest care and follow-up, many hospitals need to focus more on this part of cardiac arrest treatment. In addition, evidence-based national guidelines will have to be developed and implemented in order to achieve a more uniform care and follow-up for survivors and their family members. This national survey highlights this need, and might be helpful in the implementation of such guidelines.

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2016. Vol. 15, no 1
Keyword [en]
Heart arrest, Survivors, Family members, Follow-up, Quality of life, Guidelines
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-8387DOI: 10.1186/s12912-016-0123-0ISI: 000377513900001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84953406318OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-8387DiVA: diva2:892351
Available from: 2016-01-10 Created: 2016-01-10 Last updated: 2016-12-21Bibliographically approved

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