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.
- Emergency care systems
- remote and rural medicine
- prehospital care
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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.