In this analysis from 2000-2009 from the Get with the Guidelines registry of patients with in-hospital cardiac arrest, 80% had asystole or PEA, and 20% Vfib/Vtach. Survival to discharge increased from 14% to 22% over the time period. Neurological disability also decreased from 33% to 28% over the time period. Advances in in-hospital arrest have improved survival and reduced neurological disability rates (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.