In 2013, the Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes Strategy (CVDOS), published by the Department of Health, highlighted that many lives could be saved if CPR and early defibrillation were instituted promptly, more often, and the whole pathway of care from successful resuscitation to subsequent rehabilitation were improved.
Recently, an OHCA steering group was convened in order to produce a single consensus document to describe and illustrate a best practice pathway of care for those who suffer OHCA.
This document aims to integrate the current recommendations and to describe the optimal clinical pathway for patients with OHCA. Where an evidence base or National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) accredited guidance exists, this has been accepted as best practice. When good clinical evidence is lacking, the group has attempted to provide guidance based on expert consensus in order to contribute to improvements in survival rates from OHCA.
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