TUSCON, Ariz. — Survival rates have more than tripled for cardiac arrest patients in the Northwest Fire District (NWFD) as a result of a new treatment protocol and a close partnership with the University of Arizona Medical Center (UAMC), the hospital that provides the fire district’s medical direction.
The data show that, just eight months after implementing a new, state-approved treatment standard for patients who experience “Sudden Cardiac Death,” Northwest Fire has dramatically increased the chance of survival in two key cardiac arrest categories they monitor compared to the previous year:
All incidents of cardiac arrest (bystander witnessed or not, with a “shockable” heart rhythm or not) now have a 14.6 percent chance of survival compared to 4.9 percent reported prior to the new treatment protocol.
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