Journal article

Cardiopulmonary arrest and mortality trends, and their association with rapid response system expansion

Jack Chen, Lixin Ou, Kenneth M Hillman, Arthas Flabouris, Rinaldo Bellomo, Stephanie J Hollis, Hassan Assareh

Medical Journal of Australia | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2014

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To understand the changes in the population incidence of inhospital cardiopulmonary arrest (IHCA) and mortality associated with the introduction of rapid response systems (RRSs). DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Population-based study of 9 221 138 hospital admissions in 82 public acute hospitals in New South Wales, using data linked to a death registry, from 1 Jan 2002 to 31 Dec 2009. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Changes in IHCA, IHCA-related mortality, hospital mortality and proportion of IHCA patients surviving to hospital discharge. RESULTS: RRS uptake increased from 32% in 2002 to 74% in 2009. This increase was associated with a 52% decrease in IHCA rate, a 55% decrease in IHCA-re..

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