Journal article

The economic impact of sudden cardiac arrest

Elizabeth D Paratz, Karen Smith, Jocasta Ball, Alexander van Heusden, Dominica Zentner, Sarah Parsons, Natalie Morgan, Tina Thompson, Paul James, Andreas Pflaumer, Christopher Semsarian, Dion Stub, Danny Liew, Andre La Gerche



BACKGROUND: There are 20,000 sudden cardiac arrests (SCAs) in Australia annually, with 90% case-fatality. OBJECTIVE: The present study calculated both the health and economic impact of SCAs in Victoria, Australia. METHODS: Data on all SCAs attended by Ambulance Victoria from July 2017 to June 2018 were collected regarding age, gender, and survival to hospital, discharge and 12 months. Pre-SCA employment status of all patients was modelled using age and gender-matched Australian economic data. A Markov state-transition model with a five-year horizon calculated health and economic impact in years of life lived (YLL), productivity-adjusted life years (PALYs) and gross domestic product (GDP) los..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The work of the EndUCD Registry is supported for the period 20192022 by funds from the EndUCD Foundation<SUP>TM</SUP>. EDP is supported by an NHMRC/NHF co-funded Postgraduate Scholarship, RACP JJ Billings Scholarship and PSA Cardiovascular Scholarship. CS is supported by an NHMRC Australia Practitioner Fellowship. ALG is supported by an NHF Future Leadership Fellowship and NHMRC Career Development Fellowship. DS is supported by an NHF Future Leadership Fellowship. DL declares grants from AbbVie,Amgen, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer, and Sanofi, and past participation in advisory boards and/or receipt of honoraria from AbbVie, Amgen, Astellas, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Edwards Lifesciences, Novartis, Pfizer, Sanofi, and Shire, outside the submitted work.