Sunday, August 18, 2013

Television Distorts CPR and Death Realities

"Rates of long-term survival after cardiac arrest as reported in the medical literature vary from 2 percent to 30 percent for arrests outside a hospital, and from 6.5 percent to 15 percent for arrests that take place inside a hospital.6-19 For average elderly patients, the rate of long-term survival after cardiac arrest outside a hospital is probably no better than 5 percent. For arrests due to trauma, the reported survival rates vary from 0 to 30 percent.22-25 Clearly, the rates on television are significantly higher than even the most favorable data reported in the literature."

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