Bystander CPR Lets Cardiac Arrest Survivors Get Back to Work -

Bystander CPR Lets Cardiac Arrest Survivors Get Back to Work

According to a Danish study published in Circulation, the American Heart Association journal, cardiac arrest victims who got CPR from bystanders were more likely to get back to work as compared to the ones who did not get bystander CPR.

In this study, a total of 4,354 patients living in Denmark, between 2001 to 2011 were examined. All of these patients were working before they got out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. The interesting outcomes of this study are:

  • Over 75% of the patients who survived out-of-hospital-cardiac arrests were capable of getting back to work.
  • The survivors who received CPR from a bystander had about 40% more chances of getting back to work in comparison to the ones who didn’t.

According to the lead author of the study, a clinical assistant at Aalborg University Hospital and Aarhus University in Aalborg, Denmark, and a fellow at the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, N.C., Kristian Kragholm: “We already know CPR helps save lives — and now our findings suggest there is even more benefit in performing it. That more than 75 percent of all survivors were capable of returning to work is a remarkable result. It is even more laudable that the survivors were able to earn the same salary as before their arrest.”

Throughout the period of study, a number of CPR initiatives were carried out by Denmark that includes obligating anybody getting a driver’s license later than 2006 to get a basic life support certification.

Ever since 2009, healthcare professionals have been actively working in emergency dispatch call centers, in order to guide bystanders who perform CPR.

In addition, a drastic increase in the issuance of basic life support certificates was observed during the study.

Cardiac arrest is actually a sudden and unexpected loss of heart function in an individual who may or may not have diagnosed heart disease. The mode and time of death are unexpected. It happens immediately or soon after the appearance of the symptoms. Every year, over 326,200 emergency medical services-assessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrests take place in America. The brain stops getting oxygen during a cardiac arrest, which causes brain damage. In accordance with Kragholm: “When a bystander performs CPR quickly, it helps ensure enough oxygen is getting to the brain, which can help minimize brain damage and lead to that person being able to return to work.”

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