Cardiopulmonary arrest and mortality trends, and their association with rapid response system expansion

Michele Levinson and Amber Mills
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/mja14.01123
Published online: 19 January 2015

To the Editor: Chen and colleagues associate the reduction in inhospital cardiopulmonary arrest (IHCA) incidence with the introduction of rapid response systems.1 Their population-based study of all patients aged ≥ 14 years in New South Wales found that hospital mortality decreased between 2002 and 2009. During this period, the age of the hospital population increased and patients aged ≥ 75 years were more likely to die in hospital (risk ratio [RR], 28.4), have an IHCA (RR, 8.6), die as a result of cardiac arrest (RR, 11.9), or die within 12 months of discharge (RR, 5.3).1

  • Michele Levinson
  • Amber Mills

  • Cabrini-Monash University Department of Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.


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