'Excellent' cardiac survival rates announced

TULSA, Okla. (April 26, 2016) - Cardiac arrest survival rates remain high in EMSA's service area of the Tulsa and Oklahoma City metropolitan areas, according to data released by the Office of the Medical Director.

In the calendar year 2014, the area's EMS system - EMSA and its 24 partnering first responder agencies combined - achieved a survival rate of 38.6 percent. Only the Seattle/King County, Wash., area has been reported as having a higher survival rate.

"Even more impressive, over 85 percent of those survivors have been evaluated as neurologically intact enough to resume meaningful and productive lives,” said the system’s medical director Dr. Jeffery Goodloe, MD, NRP, FACEP.

“This is excellent. The national sudden cardiac arrest survival average used to be only 6.8 percent for decades, and with diligent efforts, we have that essentially double in the last three to five years to a nationwide average today of approximately 13.6 percent. Our EMS system is essentially creating a three-fold increase in sudden cardiac arrest survival for Oklahomans in the metropolitan Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas as compared to the national average. These are good places to be when life is on the line.”

These results are based on patients who had a witnessed collapse, received some form of bystander CPR and were found in a shockable rhythm on first EMS contact.  The increase is a result of joint cardiac arrest training among agencies and new technology, among other things, implemented over the previous three years.

The Oklahoma EMSA coverage area is being looked at as a model among EMS systems nationwide.  The data is being collected and analyzed by the Oklahoma Medical Director’s Office with the goal of reaching a 50 percent-plus survival rate.

The agencies include EMSA and the fire departments of: Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Edmond, Yukon, Bixby, Bethany, Sand Springs, Mustang, Jenks, Keystone, The Village, Warr Acres, Nichols Hills, Piedmont, Jones, Berryhill, Valley Brook, Luther, Arcadia, Deer Creek, Lake Aluma, Oak Cliff and Will Rogers Airport.

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