Emerg Med J 28:437-438 doi:10.1136/emj.2009.082784
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Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) survival in rural Northwest Ireland: 17 years' experience

  1. Andrew Murphy6
  1. 1Department of Public Health Medicine, Health Service Executive North-West, Letterkenny, Donegal, Ireland
  2. 2Department of Public Health Medicine, Health Service Executive North-West, Ballyshannon, Donegal Ireland
  3. 3North West Immediate Care Programme, Manorcunningham Health Centre, Donegal, Ireland
  4. 4North West Immediate Care Programme, Riverstown Health Centre, Sligo, Ireland
  5. 5UCD Centre for Immediate Care Services, Health Sciences Centre, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin, Ireland
  6. 6Department of General Practice, Clinical Sciences Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Siobhán Masterson, Department of Public Health Medicine, Health Service Executive North-West, Letterkenny, Donegal, Ireland; siobhan.masterson{at}
  • Accepted 17 May 2010
  • Published Online First 2 August 2010


SAVES, the name used to describe a register of survivors of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), was established in rural Northwest Ireland in 1992. From 1992 to 2008, 80 survivors were identified (population 239 000 (2006)). Most incidents were witnessed (69/70) and all were in shockable rhythm at the time of first rhythm analysis (66/66). Of 66 patients who could be traced, 46 were alive in December 2008. Average survival rates appeared to increase over the lifetime of the database. SAVES has also contributed to the development of a national OHCA register.


  • Funding This work was funded by the Health Service Executive Ireland and Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (both funded by the Department of Health and Children, Ireland).

  • Competing interests None to declare.

  • Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the NUI Galway.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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