Abstract 19154: Emergency Department Overcrowding is Not Associated With Outcome of Out-of-hospital Cardiac Arrest
Aim of the study: Emergency department (ED) overcrowding is a worldwide problem associated with adverse outcomes. This study was performed to investigate the association between ED overcrowding and outcome and quality of cardiopulmonary resuscitation for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA).
Methods: Prospectively collected data including patient demographics, Utstein factors and outcomes on 608 consecutive OHCA patients at a single ED from January 2008 to December 2012 were retrospectively analyzed. The patients were categorized into 4 groups according to ED occupancy rate. The primary outcome was resuscitation outcome, a composite of rates of return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC), survival at discharge and neurological outcome at 6 months. The secondary outcome was resuscitation quality assessed by time to advanced airway, time to first drug administration, resuscitation duration in refractory cases and rate of initiation of therapeutic hypothermia after ROSC in the ED.
Results: There was no significant difference in rates of ROSC, survival at discharge and good neurological outcome according to ED occupancy rate in the univariate and multivariate analyses (p > 0.05). In addition, ED overcrowding was not associated with resuscitation quality (p > 0.05).
Conclusion: ED overcrowding was not associated with outcome of OHCA or resuscitation quality.
- Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
- Emergency Department
- Treatment Outcome
Author Disclosures: E. Jung: None. J. Kang: None. J. Hwang: None. J. Lee: None. J. Kim: None. J. Lee: None. Y. Jo: None. T. Kim: None. K. Kim: None.
- © 2015 by American Heart Association, Inc.