Hanging-associated out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in Melbourne, Australia

Conor Deasy, Janet E Bray, Karen Louise Smith, Stephen Anthony Bernard, Peter Cameron

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Introduction Hanging is an infrequent but devastating cause of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). We determine the characteristics and outcomes of hangingassociated OHCA in Melbourne Australia. Methods A 10-year retrospective case review of all adult hangings (aged 16 years) associated with OHCA, was conducted using data from the Victorian Ambulance Cardiac Arrest Registry. Results Between 2000 and 2009, the emergency medical service (EMS) attended 33 178 adult OHCAs of which 1321 (4 ) had hanging as the aetiology. The median age (IQR) of hanging-associated OHCA cases was 39 (29e51) years and 1162 were men (88 ). The ?rst recorded rhythm by EMS was asystole seen in 1276 (75.5 ) patients, pulseless electrical activity (PEA) in 38 (13.4 ) cases and ventricular ?brillation in 7 cases (0.5 ). EMS attempted resuscitation in 208 (15.7 ) patients of whom 61 (29.3 ) achieved return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) and were transported, and 7 (3.3 ) survived to hospital discharge. Hangingassociated OHCAs were younger (median (IQR) 38 (29e51) years versus 74 (61e82) years, p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38 - 42
Number of pages5
JournalEmergency Medicine Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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