Besides the treatment of the severely injured patient or seriously ill infant, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is one of the most challenging and emotional situations for an out-of-hospital emergency medicine team. In the so-called industrial world, the most common cause of adult sudden cardiac arrest (CA) is ischaemic heart disease. Despite the individual history and treatment of each patient, people with primary CA represent the most homogeneous group in emergency medicine. Thus, they are the best group on which to judge the quality of emergency medical service (EMS). For uniform data management in cardiac arrest patients the “Utstein Style” was developed and is now accepted worldwide [1].


Emergency Medical Service Basic Life Support Cardiac Arrest Patient Pulseless Electrical Activity Advanced Cardiac Life Support 
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