New study says preparation can prevent cardiac arrest fatalities in high school athletes
Dr. Jonathan Drezner of the University of Washington in Seattle recently presented findings at the National Trainers' Association regarding survival outcomes for high school student athletes who suffered cardiac arrest. Drezner and his team conducted a two-year long observational study of 2,149 high schools. During those two years, 59 sudden cardiac arrests occurred. Seventy-one percent of these 59 victims survived at least past their hospital discharge — stunning compared to the 8 percent survival rate for patients who suffer cardiac arrest outside a hospital.
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