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City receives favorable report on cardiac survival rates

The City of Kansas City, Mo., and KCFD’s EMS Medical Director Dr. Joseph Salomone today reported that individuals who suffer a cardiac arrest in Kansas City, Mo., are more likely to survive and be discharged from the hospital in good condition than most cities in the U.S.

The 2011 Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival data for Kansas City revealed an overall survival rate of 11 percent, which is higher than the CARES overall average of 10 percent. This compares favorably to many national cardiac survival rate reports, which are in the single digits. The data was released in a presentation to the City Council’s Public Safety Committee.CARES tracks cardiac arrest outcomes in more than 40 U.S. communities.

KCFD submits data to CARES, which is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and managed at Emory University. Monthly cardiac arrest survival to hospital admission is monitored on a monthly basis and survival to hospital discharge is reported annually.

“This is the highest overall survival rate achieved in Kansas City since the City began participating in CARES in 2006,” said Dr. Salomone. “An emphasis on high quality continuous chest compression and a unique cardiac arrest resuscitation protocol have contributed to the increased survival for individuals experiencing cardiac arrest.”

One of the most important aspects of cardiac arrest care is beginning chest compressions as soon as collapse occurs, and new "compression only" resuscitation can be performed by just about anyone, with minimal training, and without the concern that mouth to mouth rescue breathing has previously created. KCFD encourages residents to seek out training, which is available through the American Red Cross or American Heart Association.

Media inquiries about this matter should be directed to Dennis Gagnon, City Communications Office at 816-513-2659 or Lew Hendricks, KCFD, at 816-784-9172.


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