Pediatric Cardiology

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 474–483

Improving Outcomes from Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest in Young Children and Adolescents

Review Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00246-011-0084-8

Cite this article as:
Atkins, D.L. & Berger, S. Pediatr Cardiol (2012) 33: 474. doi:10.1007/s00246-011-0084-8


Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is an unusual but devastating occurrence in a young person. Years of life-lost are substantial and long-term health care costs of survivors can be high. However, there have been noteworthy improvements in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) standards, out-of hospital care, and postcardiac arrest therapies that have resulted in a several-fold improvement in resuscitation outcomes. Recent interest and research in resuscitation of children has the promise of generating improvements in the outcomes of these patients. Integrated and coordinated care in the out-of-hospital and hospital settings are required. This article will review the epidemiology of OHCA, the 2010 CPR guidelines, and developments in public access defibrillation for children.


Cardiopulmonary resuscitationCardiac arrestOutcomes

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Carver College of MedicineUniversity of Iowa Children’s HospitalIowa CityUSA
  2. 2.Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Medical College of WisconsinMilwaukeeUSA
  3. 3.Division of Pediatric CardiologyUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA