The brain is more sensitive to oxygen depletion than any other organ and brain injury is the major cause of death after sudden cardiac arrest. The faster the ambulance is on site and the more often bystanders perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) prior to ambulance arrival, the greater the chances of survival.
Half of the Patients Survive
Patients treated in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after suffering from sudden cardiac arrest outside the hospital have approximately a 50 percent chance of survival. Not until after a few days of care do we know if the patient will wake up from coma and survive. With the help of blood tests, imaging (CT, MRI) and by measuring the electrical activity in the cortex (EEG, SSEP), it is possible to better predict if the patient will survive and to what quality.
Collaboration Provides Better Care
Our collaboration between hospitals in the Öresund region will lead to improved care of unconscious patients in the hospital and to better care of their relatives. We have already adopted a common model for follow-up of unconscious patients after cardiac arrest at Skåne University Hospital, Helsingborg Hospital and Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen. Several other projects are underway to strengthen integration and collaboration regarding clinical routines for patients with imminent risk of brain injury after cardiac arrest.
Sub-project 3 will:
• contribute to better integration and collaboration among health care professionals across Öresund.
• improve care and optimize length of stay for unconscious survivors of cardiac arrest in our ICUs.