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The British Heart Foundation (BHF) release ‘Resuscitation to Recovery’ Report


A group of clinical experts, led by Professor Huon Gray, National Clinical Director for Heart Disease, NHS England, released a national framework to improve the care of people following an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

‘Resuscitation to Recovery,’ The newly published report provides a single consensus on the most effective care pathway when responding to out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA).

NICOR welcomes the publication of this National Framework, which is endorsed by over 20 medical and professional societies.

The report highlights the extent of OCHA in the community, where the survival rate is fewer than 1 in 10 in the UK.

Recommendations from the report address the need for greater collaboration between all that provide care, be it clinical networks, emergency services, A&E staff, first responders, and the general public.

Professor Huon Gray, National Clinical Director for Heart Disease, NHS England, said:

“Thousands of deaths from cardiac arrests could be prevented every year, but we need to work with the public, the emergency services and hospitals in order to achieve this.

“This new guidance recommends a pathway of care for a patient, from the moment they’re found collapsed, to their recovery in hospital and subsequent rehabilitation.

“Currently, there is significant variation in treatment around the country so it is vital that we provide all people with the best possible chances of survival, wherever they live. This report offers the recently established Urgent & Emergency Networks a blueprint for how this could be achieved.”

Download the full report here