Chapter 5: Basic, Advanced, and Pediatric Cardiac Life Support: Being Prepared for Emergencies in the Electrophysiology Lab

Basic life support (BLS) and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) are required training for personnel working in the electrophysiology laboratory. According to the American Heart Association, only 30 percent of the U.S. population is sufficiently trained to perform BLS. Why is this important? It is estimated that 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur in the victim’s home. There are approximately 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac deaths in the U.S. that occur annually. Experts estimate that 6 million sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) deaths occur worldwide annually. The number of deaths associated with SCA is greater than the mortality rates of stroke, lung cancer, breast cancer, and AIDS combined. Currently, only 8 percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside of the hospital setting survive to reach the hospital setting.

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