Out of hospital Cardio-pulmonary arrest - Is there a role for the primary healthcare teams?

Shlomo Vinker*

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Out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality. The survival rates are poor and even more frustrating are the rates of neurologically favorable outcomes at hospital discharge. In a recent IJHPR article, Einav et al. concluded that many primary care clinics are underequipped and the physicians underprepared to initiate life-saving services. The chance of having an OHCA in a primary care clinic is very low. But although the impact is small, primary care teams as well as other out-of-hospital healthcare personal should be familiar with the telephone number for summoning emergency medical services (EMS), be aware of the location of the defibrillator in their clinic, and know how to use it. The literature about effective ways to keep long-standing competencies in cardiopulmonary resuscitation among medical personnel outside the hospital is scarce. It is very difficult to evaluate the actual effectiveness of interventions on better outcome; the events are rare and unique in their nature and it hard to generalize the conclusions. The "chain of survival" concept involves a series of steps that should be taken at the scene in the community: early recognition of symptoms and activation of an emergency response system; early bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation; rapid defibrillation, if needed; early advanced cardiac life support and integrated post-resuscitation care. In this "chain" there is an important role for healthcare personal in the community via improving their own skills and performance and via a deeper involvement in the education of the public. We should take all the needed steps so that community clinic personnel can be role models for effective and successful out of hospital cardiac resuscitation (OHCR).

Original languageEnglish
Article number36
JournalIsrael Journal of Health Policy Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 28 Jun 2017


  • Cardiopulmonary Arrest
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Primary Health Care
  • Quality of Health Care


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