County's high heart-attack survival rate 'astounding'
Someone experiencing a heart attack in Clackamas County has a better than average chance of survival, according to a newly released state study.
Survival rates for someone experiencing a heart attack in Clackamas County is 50 percent, compared to the national survival rate of 33 percent, according to the recently released 2018 annual report summarizing out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival rates for counties nationwide.
Clackamas County's survival rate also tops Oregon's 39 percent rate, according to 911 data submitted to the national Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival.
Study authors found an increased survival rate of 56.7 percent when a bystander in Clackamas County provided cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or an automated external defibrillator (AED) to someone experiencing cardiac arrest.
This data represents the Utstein survival rate in Clackamas County, which measures the rate of survival for witnessed cardiac arrests that had a specific heart rhythm when EMS crews first arrived.
Clackamas County's director of emergency medical services credited local firefighters and ambulance paramedics with the difference.
"These numbers are nothing short of astounding, thanks in large part to the leadership and collaboration that occurs between our ambulance provider, American Medical Response, and 10 local fire agencies that work together to improve the health and safety of our residents," said Dr. Ritu Sahni.
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