Incidence of cardiac arrest among surgical patients

In this large analysis from NSQUIP, the overall incidence of CPR among surgical patients was ~1/200 but varied by surgical type (~1/33 cardiac surgery and ~1/250 for general surgery). Mortality at 30 days was 72%. These provide excellent benchmarks for expectations for medical co-managment and consult services (abstract).

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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