Survival until hospital admission after out-of-hospital cardia arrest - A costly victory?

Markus B Skrifvars, Robin J Prescott

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There is little disagreement about the societal burden of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in terms of both high mortality and morbidity.1 Previous studies on OHCA outcomes were hampered by the variability in the definitions and reporting of patient outcome; however, in recent decades, with the publication and adoption of the uniform ‘Utstein style’ reporting guidelines,2 several large observational studies have outlined the OHCA outcomes in Europe and elsewhere.3, 4, 5, 6 Not a moment too soon, a clear shift has also occurred towards including neurological outcomes and patient quality of life in these reports.7 Less attention, however, has been focused on health care costs and especially on the cost-effectiveness of out-of-hospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and various adopted cardiac arrest interventions.8, 9, 10 A major challenge in cost data collection is the multidisciplinary teams involved in the care of OHCA patients. The exact per patient cost figures may be impossible to collect from emergency medical service (EMS) providers, hospitals and the involved insurance companies. On the contrary, this problem may not be unique to OHCA but may be typical for many other types of critical illness and for pre-hospital care in general
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-263
Number of pages2
Early online date2 Jun 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Jun 2020


  • Cardia
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Health Care Costs
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest


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