Naperville Fire Department 1st Quarter Cardiac Resuscitation Appraisal
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NAPERVILLE, ILL. -- During the first quarter of 2021, the Naperville Fire Department responded to 27 cardiac arrest calls. A cardiac arrest call is a patient who presented as unresponsive, not breathing, and without a pulse.

NFD arrived on-scene at all 27 incidents to treat and care for each of these patients. Unfortunately, on 14 of those occasions, the patient was found to be previously deceased and was unable to be treated by EMS crews or transported to local hospitals. The other 13 cardiac arrest responses did result in a patient who was able to be cared for and revived with resuscitative treatments administered.

In each of those instances, Naperville Firefighter/Paramedics began aggressive patient care utilizing the department's Advanced Cardiac Resuscitation protocol. This includes: airway management, cardiac monitor assessment with electric shock to the heart if warranted (A.E.D.), specific intravenous medication treatment, and most importantly, high-quality Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

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Of the 13 patients treated and transported by the Naperville Fire Department, return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) -- otherwise known as a pulse -- was achieved in all 13 patients, which results in a 48% ROSC rate. The 2020 national average for ROSC by EMS was 27%.

Of the 13 patients who achieved ROSC, five have been discharged from the hospital, leading to an 18.5% survivability percentage. The 2020 national average for patient survivability of cardiac arrest was 7.1%. In both instances, NFD far outpaces the national average. All care rendered followed IDPH Region 8 standing medical orders, or online medical control.stats

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