Characteristics of Cardiac Arrest Occurring in the Workplace: A Post Hoc Analysis of the Paris Area Fire Brigade Registry

Objectives: The aim of this study was to describe the characteristics of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in different workplaces, their management, and the survival rate.
Methods: A post hoc analysis included all the OHCA cases that occurred at the workplace and were listed in the Fire Brigade of Paris database registry (2010 to 2014). Utstein-style variables, survival, and types of workplace were analyzed.
Results: The study included 298 OHCA cases, mostly young (44% between 18 and 50 years), male (86%), and nontraumatic (86%). Differences in the survival chain were found to be related to the types of work location: bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation was performed in 0% to 55% of cases, and workplace-automated external defibrillators were used in 0% to 20% of cases. Long-term survival without major incapacity was 0% to 23%.
Conclusions: The characteristics of OHCA differ as a function of the type of workplace.

Source: Palaghita, Andreea; Jost, Daniel; Despreaux, Thomas; Bougouin, Wulfran; Beganton, Frankie; Loeb, Thomas; Tourtier, Jean Pierre; Descatha, Alexis. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine: August 2016, Volume 58, Issue 8, p. 747-752.

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