Education for cardiac arrest - Treatment or prevention?

Gary B. Smith, John Welch, Michael A. DeVita, Ken M. Hillman, Daryl Jones

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In-hospital cardiac arrests (IHCA) occur infrequently and individual staff members working on general wards may only rarely encounter one. Mortality following IHCA is high and the evidence for the benefits of many advanced life support (ALS) interventions is scarce. Nevertheless, regular, often frequent, ALS training is mandatory for many hospital medical staff and nurses. The incidence of pre-cardiac arrest deterioration is much higher than that of cardiac arrests, and there is evidence that intervention prior to cardiac arrest can reduce the incidence of IHCA. This article discusses a proposal to reduce the emphasis on widespread ALS training and to increase education in the recognition and response to pre-arrest clinical deterioration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-62
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015


  • Advanced life support
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Deterioration
  • Education
  • Prevention

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