Care and outcomes of urban and non-urban out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients during the HeartRescue Project in Washington state and North Carolina.

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AIM: We examined overall and temporal differences in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) care and outcomes by urban versus non-urban setting separately for North Carolina (NC) and Washington State (WA) during HeartRescue initiatives and associations of urban/non-urban settings with outcome by state. METHODS: OHCAs of presumed cardiac etiology from counties with complete registry enrollment in NC during 2010-2014 (catchment population = 3,143,809) and WA during 2011-2014 (catchment population = 3,653,506) were identified. Geospatial arrest location data and US Census classification were used to categorize urban areas with ≥50,000 versus non-urban <50,000 people. RESULTS: Included were 7731 NC cases (78.9% urban) and 4472 WA cases (85.8% urban). Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) increased from 36.9% (2010) to 50.3% (2014) in NC non-urban areas versus 58.2% (2011) to 69.2% (2014) in WA; and from 39.3% to 51.1% in NC urban areas versus 52.4% to 61.8% in WA. Crude discharge survival odds ratio (OR) was 2.49 (95%CI 1.96-3.16) for urban versus non-urban NC cases not declared dead in field (N = 4241). Adjusted for age, sex, public location, bystander-witness status, time between emergency call and emergency medical service (EMS) arrival, calendar-year, bystander and first-responder CPR and defibrillation and direct PCI-center transport, OR was 1.30 (95%CI 0.98-1.73). In WA, corresponding crude and adjusted ORs were 1.38 (95%CI 0.99-1.93) and 1.46 (95%CI 1.00-2.13). In both states, bystander and first-responder CPR and defibrillation and direct PCI-hospital transport were associated with increased survival. CONCLUSIONS: During HeartRescue initiatives, bystander CPR increased in urban and non-urban locations. Bystander and first-responder interventions and direct PCI-hospital transport were associated with improved outcomes, including in non-urban areas.

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Cited Authors

  • Kragholm, K; Hansen, CM; Dupre, ME; Strauss, B; Tyson, C; Monk, L; Pearson, DA; Nelson, RD; Fosbøl, EL; Starks, M; Jollis, JG; Shin, J; Rea, T; McNally, B; Granger, CB

Published Date

  • July 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 152 /

Start / End Page

  • 5 - 15

PubMed ID

  • 32430288

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-1570

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2020.04.030


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Ireland