Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

Med J Aust. 2000 Jan 17;172(2):73-6.


Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), with its high fatality rate, is a significant public health issue. The aetiology of OHCA is reviewed, and management strategies are discussed, including the "chain of survival", the Utstein method of data collection, and recent developments in advanced cardiac life support emphasising defibrillation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation*
  • Cause of Death
  • Electric Countershock*
  • Emergency Medical Services*
  • Heart Arrest / mortality
  • Heart Arrest / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Survival Rate
  • Tachycardia, Ventricular / mortality
  • Tachycardia, Ventricular / therapy
  • Ventricular Fibrillation / mortality
  • Ventricular Fibrillation / therapy