The annual report from the Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Register (OHCAR) for 2019 has been released.
The OHCAR report collects information on the number of and outcomes for people who suffer a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting.
In 2019, 2,564 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests were recorded by OHCAR. The report shows:
17% increase in bystander CPR (between 2012 and 2019)
8% increase of people who survived to hospital discharge (2018 to 2019)
3% The rate of bystander CPR. From 81% to 84%. (2018 to 2019)
Cardiac arrest patients ranged in age from <one year to 103 years of age
The median age of the patients was 68
67% of the patients were male
Women are more likely to collapse in a private setting such as at home or in a nursing home
8% of cardiac arrests reported were in patients under the age of 35
Defibrillation was only attempted in 25% of cases prior to emergency service arrival
“The Out of hospital cardiac arrest report 2019 issued today shows some positive increases in survival and bystander CPR, these increases are small but for every life saved this has a huge impact on the survivors family.” – Brigid Sinnott, Resuscitation Manager at the Irish Heart Foundation