Learning Outcomes

At the end of the chapter the learner should be able to:

□ identify causes of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests;

□ describe factors that influence survival;

□ discuss out-of-hospital basic and advanced life support;

□ identify why out-of-hospital resuscitation sometimes fails to happen;

□ outline the development of out-of-hospital defibrillation and community-based defibrillators;

□ discuss whether out-of-hospital resuscitation is worthwhile;

□ discuss possible developments in the future.

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