Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

  • P. Mols
  • E. Makhoul
  • L. De Myttenaere
Conference paper
Part of the Yearbook of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine book series (YEARBOOK, volume 1992)


The treatment of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests constitutes a real health problem, considering the following points:
  1. 1.

    the annual incidence of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests is high: 5.6-6 per 10.000 inhabitants in the US [1] with, for instance, in 1984, 540.000 deaths (most of which were sudden deaths) due to coronary heart disease [2];

  2. 2.

    cardiac arrests are frequently “treatable”, when due to ventricular fibrillation (VF) in patients with preserved ventricular function [2]; and

  3. 3.

    the survival rate after cardiac arrest at discharge from the hospital depends on the type of initial treatment proposed by the Emergency Medical System (EMS) [31.



Cardiac Arrest Ventricular Fibrillation Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Sudden Cardiac Arrest Basic Life Support 
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  • P. Mols
  • E. Makhoul
  • L. De Myttenaere

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