Treatment of Cardiac Arrest: Current Status and Future Directions

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Public Health, Quality and Patient Safety
Board: Board on Health Sciences Policy

Activity Description

The Institute of Medicine will conduct a study on the current status of, and future opportunities to improve, cardiac arrest outcomes in the United States.The study will examine current statistics and variability regarding survival rates from cardiac arrest in the U.S. and will assess the state of scientific evidence on existing lifesaving therapies and public health strategies that could improve survival rates. Additionally, the study will include a focus on promising areas of research and next steps to improve the quality of care for cardiac arrest.

 The study will focus on the following topics:

  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs)
  • EMS and hospital resuscitation systems of care
  • National cardiac arrest statistics
  • The state of resuscitation research in the US
  • Next steps to significantly enhance survival rates from cardiac arrest

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