Introduction About Cardiac Arrest

Despite its popular portrayal, cardiorespiratory arrest is often neither sudden nor unpredictable (Resuscitation Council UK 2000). Studies over several years have shown that most cardiac arrests are avoidable if signs and symptoms are recognised and responded to (Franklin & Mathew 1994, Hodgetts et al. 2002a, Smith & Wood 1998). Patients with coronary artery disease are more likely to have a sudden cardiac arrest, often precipitated by an unstable area of ischaemic myocardium. Such events...