Research Article

The Brighton resuscitation ambulances: review of 40 consecutive survivors of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

Br Med J 1978; 1 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.1.6120.1115 (Published 29 April 1978) Cite this as: Br Med J 1978;1:1115
  1. A F Mackintoch,
  2. M E Crabb,
  3. R Granger,
  4. J H Williams,
  5. D A Chamberlain

    Abstract

    In three years 40 patients were resuscitated by ambulancemen after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and survived to be discharged. Twenty-six of these had had circulatory arrest before an ambulance arrived and a further three had developed ventricular fibrillation before they were moved. Thirty-two patients were alive at the time of review six months to three and a half years later. Resuscitation by ambulancemen can be effective for patients with unheralded sudden cardiac arrest as well as for patients with recent myocardial infarction. Survivors of out-of-hospital ventricular fibrillation may have a favourable long-term prognosis.