Table 17-2.

Range of Reported Estimates of Burden of Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest in the United States81

Patient PopulationIncidence per 100 000 Person-YearsTotal Incidence per Year*
 EMS treated57179 877
ROC Epistry*
 EMS treated63.8201 690
 EMS treated and untreated124.8394 529
  • CARES indicates Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival; EMS, emergency medical services; and ROC, Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium.

  • * ROC Epistry incidence counts all cardiac arrests (with cardiac and noncardiac pathogenesis), whereas CARES incidence includes cardiac arrest of presumed cardiac origin only.

  • “Untreated” refers to cases that did not receive resuscitation treatment because patients were either dead on EMS arrival or had existing do-not-resuscitate orders.