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Cardiac survival rates up 20 per cent

Jan. 2, 2007, The BC Ambulance Service is working in partnership with first responder agencies, the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC) – a resuscitation research initiative – and the Emergency Medicine Research Team at St. Paul’s Hospital to improve survival rates of cardiac arrest victims.

January 3, 2008
By B.C. Emergency Health Service Commission

The first report on cardiac arrest outcomes from the ROC initiative shows an important increase in survival from early 2006 to early 2007. During this time, BCAS and our first responder partners made a considerable effort to provide updated CPR training to staff on best resuscitation practices.
The annualized number of survivors from cardiac arrest in the communities covered by the ROC research (which covers 75 per cent of all British Columbians) increased to 130 from 108, a 20 per cent increase in survival rates. If this effect is sustained, approximately 30 more victims of cardiac arrest will be resuscitated and discharged from hospital each year across British Columbia.
Known contributors to cardiac arrest survival include early bystander CPR, rapid response times, quality professional CPR and early defibrillation. The survivors of cardiac arrest documented in the report are due to the dedication, commitment and compassion of BCAS emergency medical dispatchers, paramedics and first responders.
Click here to view the full report is on the B.C. government website.