We're helping people survive cardiac arrest with an innovative emergency response effort.
As a nationally ranked heart and vascular center, we're among a few places in the country leading the way in cardiac arrest care. We're testing new ways to treat the condition, and we're getting results. More people are leaving the hospital to return to their loved ones, their work, and their lives.
“Today, when a cardiac arrest victim’s heart stops, if they’re not inside a hospital, the chance of survival is less than 10 percent. The new ECPR (Extra-Corporeal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) alert is changing that.” Click to tweet this story
Our new approach is called an ECPR (Extra-Corporeal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) alert.
Today, when a cardiac arrest victim's heart stops, if they're not inside a hospital, the chance of survival is less than 10 percent. The new ECPR alert is changing that.
"For people who are in ventricular fibrillation or refractory ventricular tachycardia, which are irregular heart rhythms that don't sustain life and resist being shocked back to normal, this can be the difference between life and death," says Dr. Ernest Mazzaferri Jr., medical director of Ohio State's Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital. "Typically, if they were unresponsive to shock, the patient would die, simply because we didn't have any further options that might save them. Now, under the right conditions, we do."
Our heart doctors work with Columbus Division of Fire on a carefully planned chain of events.