Cardiac arrest patient compared to the basic life support

According to a research there is an advanced life support that is typically given by paramedics to cardiac arrest patients that may cost lives more than just saving them. The right treatment may just be CPR and that is enough from paramedics or from medical technicians, after which the patient must be brought to the hospital right away. Survival is not the basic life support more than the advanced life support which is now being questioned in a pre-hospital care that aims to improve the result of a cardiac arrest patient compared to the basic life support according to the study.

Yearly in the US, nearly around 380,000 patients get emergency medical attention for cardiac arrest; this is when the heart suddenly stops beating. A lot of patients, roughly 90% of them weren’t able to survive to hospital discharge. This newest discovery finds that after 90 days, patients were treated with the basic life support nearly around 50% that is more likely to survive than the patients who were given the advanced life support. The basic life support for cardiac arrest may include CPR, early defibrillation, shock of the heart back to the beating, basic management of the airway & fast transport. The basic life support may be provided by the paramedics or emergency medical technicians.

The result of the research

The progressive life support may add up airway management by putting a tube into the throat of the patient & intubation thus giving the pills the chance to make the heart go through a stimulating process. The advanced life support that may be given only by staffs of ambulances with paramedics and these are very common in cities & suburbs these days. It might be counterintuitive that the progressive care leads to bad results according to Sanghavi, The result of this research made a big difference. More cardiac arrest victims are treated and given basic life support system to live and most of them have lived and leave the hospital after a few days than those who were given the advance life support. That’s around 13% vs. 9%. More so, people who were given the basic life support were able to live 90 days after the episode than those who were given the advanced life support according to the investigators.

However, Sangvi said that these results might be because of the delays in bringing the patients to the hospital thus took time to start the IV drugs & intubation. To add up to that having better results, basic life support may cost less added Sanghavi. For this particular research, Sanghavi and her associates have used a big sample of Medicare claims for ambulatory services in some urban areas from 2009 and 2011, they have used the data to compare the survival of the people who were given advanced life support from those who were given the basic life support.