How does Atlanta compare to other cities in terms of CPR survival rates? Every year, there are dozens of studies that reveal the effectiveness of bystander CPR intervention, but there is very little data that shows location-specific results. In recent years, hospitals and healthcare providers around the state of Georgia have revamped cardiac arrest protocols, which have increased the survival rate for victims.Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) afflicts hundreds of thousands of victims every year. Only within the past decade have schools, private businesses, and other public spaces made a direct effort to increase the chances of survival during a healthcare emergency. Nationally, survival rates still hover around 5-10% for out-of-hospital resuscitation attempts.
While the City of Atlanta doesn’t publicly release annual CPR statistics in accordance with healthcare privacy laws, there is still a great deal of revealing information about how the city performs. It is important to keep in mind that there are dozens of factors that affect the likelihood of survival for a heart attack victim or cardiac arrest patient. For example, the time that it takes an ambulance to arrive is a huge contributing factor – and Atlanta is a much larger city than many others, so the city’s geographic size may contribute to lower rates of survival.
Another contributing factor could be socioeconomic in nature. Data shows that lower income areas have significantly fewer CPR-certified individuals. Sadly, only about 30% of Americans even know the basics of first aid administration, and that number could be even lower in areas without a solid economic foundation.
Let’s review some key information and metrics that affect Atlanta’s CPR administration rate and survival percentages:
Atlanta has been an integral part of improving the way cities and medical professionals examine cardiac arrest data. With the help of Emory University and the CDC, Atlanta was the first city to use CARES (Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival). CARES examines a wide range of factors that affect the “survivability” of a cardiac arrest victim: did a bystander administer aid? What was the ambulances response time? Where did the incident happen? Are there any demographic disparities in the data?
With the help of the CARES program, more than 55 cities (covering more than 80 million people) have been able to identify areas where they can improve their emergency response systems and develop initiatives that are better equipped to handle these cases.
While Atlanta still isn’t a model city for CPR survival rates, it has made huge strides in training residents, collecting data, and getting the public to care about first aid. The only way for the city to continue making improvements is for residents to take the initiative of learning CPR on their own. Medical professionals have always pointed out that community response is one of the most important parts of saving a cardiac arrest victim – and getting certified couldn’t be easier. Call your local AHA-approved training team at CPR Training Source for more information about how you can learn.