In this prospective observational cohort from a large database (National Registry of CPR), researchers determined the etiology and outcome of 51,919 patients with in-hospital pulseless cardiac arrest from 41 hospitals. They found Vfib (17%) and Vtach (9%) each had a 37% survival to discharge, but the more common rhythms, asystole (39%) and PEA (37%) only had survival rates of 11% and 12%. These statistics can help counsel patients regarding resuscitation outcomes (abstract)
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.