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Vol 11, No 4 (2016)
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Published online: 2016-09-13
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Utstein-style reporting of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the Bielsko-Biała county

Dariusz Gach, Jolanta U. Nowak, Łukasz J. Krzych
DOI: 10.5603/FC.2016.0048
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Folia Cardiologica 2016;11(4):279-283.

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Vol 11, No 4 (2016)
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Published online: 2016-09-13

Abstract

Introduction. Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is one of the most severe medical emergencies, with significantly high both pre- and in-hospital mortality rates. The aim of the study was to assess the quality of reporting OHCA data by the Emergency Medical Service teams (EMS) in the Bielsko-Biała county, using standard ambulance dispatch cards.

Material and methods. The study included adult inhabitants of Bielsko-Biała county who suffered from OHCA in 2013. Data were retrieved from standardised PRM forms, and compared to the Utstein style template. The study group comprised 272 patients, 190 (70%) males and 82 (30%) females, with a median age of 71 years (IQR 60–80). The pre-hospital mortality rate was 76.5% (75.3% in men and 79.3% in women).

Results. The potential cause of OHCA was least known, with only 22% of forms including any information concerning this issue. Suboptimal reporting on the data enabling patient identification was noted in 12% cases. There was no association between reporting style and time and place of the OHCA.

Conclusions. The overall quality of reporting of OHCA by PMR in Bielsko-Biała was good. The greatest concern was inability to identify the potential cause of the event, which can significantly influence application of adequate treatment.

Abstract

Introduction. Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is one of the most severe medical emergencies, with significantly high both pre- and in-hospital mortality rates. The aim of the study was to assess the quality of reporting OHCA data by the Emergency Medical Service teams (EMS) in the Bielsko-Biała county, using standard ambulance dispatch cards.

Material and methods. The study included adult inhabitants of Bielsko-Biała county who suffered from OHCA in 2013. Data were retrieved from standardised PRM forms, and compared to the Utstein style template. The study group comprised 272 patients, 190 (70%) males and 82 (30%) females, with a median age of 71 years (IQR 60–80). The pre-hospital mortality rate was 76.5% (75.3% in men and 79.3% in women).

Results. The potential cause of OHCA was least known, with only 22% of forms including any information concerning this issue. Suboptimal reporting on the data enabling patient identification was noted in 12% cases. There was no association between reporting style and time and place of the OHCA.

Conclusions. The overall quality of reporting of OHCA by PMR in Bielsko-Biała was good. The greatest concern was inability to identify the potential cause of the event, which can significantly influence application of adequate treatment.

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Keywords

out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Utstein template

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Karta zlecenia wyjazdy zespołu ratownictwa medycznego (ZRM)
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About this article
Title

Utstein-style reporting of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the Bielsko-Biała county

Journal

Folia Cardiologica

Issue

Vol 11, No 4 (2016)

Article type

Research paper

Pages

279-283

Published online

2016-09-13

DOI

10.5603/FC.2016.0048

Bibliographic record

Folia Cardiologica 2016;11(4):279-283.

Keywords

out-of-hospital cardiac arrest
cardiopulmonary resuscitation
Utstein template

Authors

Dariusz Gach
Jolanta U. Nowak
Łukasz J. Krzych

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