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Physician, PhD-student
Laura S Jangaard
Department of Cardiology, Odense University Hospital


Projekt styring
Projekt status    Sampling ongoing
 
Data indsamlingsdatoer
Start 01.09.2017  
Slut 22.07.2021  
 



Use of Volunteer First Responders and Automated External Defibrillators in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

Short summary

To evaluate the use of GPS-activated volunteer first responders during out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) on the island of Langeland. Furthermore, to examine the dissemination and use of automated external defibrillators during OHCA in the region of Southern Denmark and the AED coverage distances according to location types.


Rationale

Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and rapid bystander defibrillation before the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS) can increase survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) to more than 50%. However, survival after OHCA ranges from 2-16% in most studies. Most OHCAs (cirka 70%) occur in residential areas, where both survival and bystander use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) has remained consistently low in recent years. To improve this, different strategies regarding the use of volunteer first responders (VFRs) are underway. On the island og Langeland, a mobile phone application system using GPS-tracking has been used to activate VFRs to reach the emergency site with an AED and perform CPR before the arrival of EMS. We wish to evaluate the use of VFRs in regards to bystander defibrillation and OHCA outcomes on the island of Langeland.


Description of the cohort

All patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest irrespective of the cause of arrest (drowning, trauma, suicide, accidents were included) in the region of Southern Denmark in the years 2014-2018.


Data and biological material

Data from registries, medical journals and prehospital patient journal (PPJ).


Collaborating researchers and departments

Research Department of Cardiology, Odense University Hospital

    University of Southern Denmark

      Emergency Medical Services, Region of Southern Denmark