Cardiac arrest centers do not reduce deaths: Study

Researchers in the U.K. found patients treated at cardiac arrest centers have the same rates of death as those given standard treatment.

The study, published Aug. 27 in The Lancet, enrolled 822 patients between January 2018 and December 2022, and assigned them to a cardiac arrest center or to standard care following an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest without ST elevation. 

During the study, 30-day mortality occurred in 63 percent of patients in both groups, and 2 percent of patients at the arrest center had serious adverse events compared to 1 percent of the standard care group. None of the adverse events were deemed related to the trial intervention.

The study concluded that transferring patients to a cardiac arrest center following resuscitated cardiac arrest did not reduce deaths.

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