Surviving out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: just a matter of defibrillators?

  title={Surviving out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: just a matter of defibrillators?},
  author={A Zorzi and Nicola Gasparetto and Federica Stella and Andrea Bortoluzzi and Luisa Cacciavillani and Cristina Basso},
  journal={Journal of cardiovascular medicine},
  volume={15 8},
Out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest (OHCA) is a leading cause of death all over the world. Although the outcome of OHCA resulting from 'nonshockable' rhythms (asystole and pulseless electrical activity) is poor regardless of resuscitation efforts, 'shockable' rhythms such as ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation may carry a good prognosis if early defibrillation is performed. At present, simplified cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques (hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and… CONTINUE READING