Resuscitation Survey Results

Emergency Physicians Rank Increased Bystander CPR, Faster Patient-to-Doctor Time, Data Collection and Technology as Critical Improvement Areas in Resuscitation

As the only company focused solely on resuscitation, ZOLL sponsored the first State of Resuscitation survey with an educational grant to American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in support of ACEP’s 40th anniversary efforts in November 2008. The survey, which was conducted among select groups within ACEP’s membership of more than 27,000 and its results, was designated to “advance” resuscitation.

Among the key findings are that resuscitation practices have improved, but that there is considerable room for improvement in the future. While no specific brands were mentioned in the survey, advances in technology are viewed as having a positive impact on survival rates. There is also a need for better training devices like PocketCPR®, and information on CPR performance like that provided by RescueNet® Code Review.

Emergency physicians cite increased bystander CPR, faster patient-to-doctor time, improved data collection and sharing, and greater use of technology as critical to improving resuscitation for victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

“While we’ve made significant advances to improve resuscitation efforts, more needs to be done. The State of Resuscitation survey offers valuable insights on how we can build upon already existing practices, including increasing public involvement and implementing technology to help save more lives,” said Dr. Nick Jouriles, president of ACEP. “The results clearly show that it is necessary for communities to encourage more CPR trainings, offer more access to a broader range of critical life-saving technologies, and report sudden cardiac arrest cases more consistently.”

The survey shows that 9 out of 10 respondents (88 percent) consider bystander intervention an important factor to increase survival. Other factors viewed as having a positive impact on survival rates include faster patient-to-doctor time (77 percent), data collection and sharing (73 percent), automated technologies (66 percent), and real-time feedback on compressions (65 percent).

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