Out-of-hospital resuscitation in Israel 2000

M. Canetti, Z. Feigenberg, A. Caspi, J. Leor, H. Hod, M. Green, Y. Hasin, A. Battler, M. Garty, M. Mittelman, A. Porath, E. Grossman, S. Behar

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

2 Scopus citations


The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of pre-hospital cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, performed by mobile intensive cardiac care units of Magen David Adorn (MDA) teams in the framework of a national survey conducted in the period February and March 2000. During the survey, MDA performed 539 resuscitations, 485 of which were performed by mobile intensive care units of MDA, and they constitute the study population of the present analysis. The average age of the patients was 70.5 years, and 68% were men. The mean response time of the mobile intensive care units was 10.3 minutes. In 14% of the cases, a bystander initiated basic cardiac life support before the arrival of the MDA team. Upon arrival of the resuscitation team, 242 patients (50%) had asystole, 19% ventricular tachycardia (VT)/ventricular fibrillation (VF), 13% pulseless electrical activity (PEA), and 18% had other severe arrhythmias. One hundred and ninety-nine patients (41%) were transferred alive to the hospital after successful resuscitation. Hospital summaries were obtained for 148 of these patients. The cause of cardiac arrest was cardiac in 64% of the cases and 48% of the patients who reached the hospital had a previous history of heart disease. Fifty-three patients (11%) were discharged alive from the hospital. Patients discharged alive were younger, more promptly resuscitated, 78% had a cardiac cause of death and 38% of them were in ventricular tachycardia/fibrillation when first seen by the resuscitation team. The rate of successful resuscitation to discharge in the sub-group with VT/VF was 21%, and only 4% for patients in asystole, which is in line with other studies. However, the rate of initiation of resuscitation by bystanders is low in Israel. These data may help the medical staff and the health policy providers in Israel.

Original languageHebrew
Pages (from-to)785-789
Number of pages5
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2004
Externally publishedYes


Dive into the research topics of 'Out-of-hospital resuscitation in Israel 2000'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this