Longer resuscitation attempts could improve survival after in-hospital cardiac arrest according to new research published in The Lancet.
The study involved over 64,000 patients from 435 US hospitals who underwent resuscitation for a cardiac arrest between 2000 and 2008.
The findings suggest prolonging resuscitation by 10 to 15 minutes could make a difference.
Researchers used data from the world’s largest in-hospital cardiac arrest registry (the American Heart Association Get with the Guidelines—resuscitation registry) to examine the length of resuscitation efforts between hospitals and their effect.
Patients at hospitals where resuscitation attempts lasted the longest were significantly more likely to be successfully revived and survive to be discharged from hospital than those at hospitals where attempts were shortest.