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      Ambulance telephone triage using 'NHS Pathways' to identify adult cardiac arrest.

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      Heart (British Cardiac Society)

      BMJ

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          Abstract

          UK ambulance services are called to 30 000 cardiac arrests (CAs) annually where resuscitation is attempted. Correct identification by the ambulance service trebles survival by facilitating bystander-cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and immediate ambulance dispatch. Identification of CA by telephone is challenging and involves algorithms to identify key features. 'NHS Pathways' is now used for triage by six of 12 UK ambulance services, covering a population of 20 million. With the significant improvements in survival when CA is accurately identified, it is vital that 'NHS Pathways' is able to identify CA correctly.

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          Journal
          Heart
          Heart (British Cardiac Society)
          BMJ
          1468-201X
          1355-6037
          May 2017
          : 103
          : 10
          Affiliations
          [1 ] NIHR Southampton Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit, University Hospital Southampton, Southampton, UK.
          [2 ] South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, Otterbourne, UK.
          Article
          heartjnl-2016-310651
          10.1136/heartjnl-2016-310651
          28011758

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