One of the busiest emergency medical response systems in the world, the London Ambulance Service (the Service) has doubled survival rates for sudden cardiac arrest patients in just four years, in partnership with London hospitals.
In 2011-12, the Utstein survival rate—for patients with a witnessed cardiac arrest due to presumed cardiac cause where the initial rhythm is ventricular fibrillation (VF) – was 32%, the highest in the UK and among the best in Europe. Over the past five years, Utstein survival rates for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest have increased from 12% to 32% (Fig. 1).
To achieve such impressive gains in survival, the Service focused across the chain of survival. Click on the PDF to read more.