It didn’t need to be this way

It didn’t need to be this way

When hospital systems are overwhelmed, such as they are in Southern California, difficult decisions must be made on how best to allocate exhausted resources. In Los Angeles County, this means that out of hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA), which statistically end in poor outcomes, are not transported to the hospital with CPR in progress.

Instead, CPR will be conducted on scene for approximately 10-20 minutes and if return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC- “return of pulses”) is not achieved by those efforts, transport will not take place and the patient will be pronounced dead in the field.

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