The Ambulance Victoria 2016-17 Cardiac Arrest Registry Report was launched this morning by the Victorian Premier and Minister for Health and Ambulance Services.
Key highlights are:
- Victorians are more likely than ever to survive cardiac arrest. 37 per cent of Victorians who were seen to collapse, found in a shockable rhythm and then received resuscitation by emergency services in 2016-17 survived (38% in greater Melbourne)
- A record number of patients in cardiac arrest – 80 – were defibrillated by the public.
- More bystanders are stepping in to help save lives, with a six-fold increase in public defibrillation in the past decade (13 per cent up from 2 per cent).
- More than 60 per cent of bystanders who witness a cardiac arrest give CPR.
- Paramedics attended more than 6000 cardiac arrest cases in 2016-17.
- A record 379 patients were discharged from hospital alive in 2016-17. 85% of these returned home of 77% of those who were working prior to their arrest went back to work
- Paramedics are responding to cardiac arrest cases faster than ever before, with a median statewide response time of 7.7 minutes in 2016-17.