The silent effects of using a F.R. network to cardiac arrest cases


May 22, 2019

A few weeks ago, the Ticino Cuore Foundation published on the Resuscitation Journal a report on the survival rate of patients suffering from cardiac arrest from 2005 to 2009, launching a provocation aimed at everyone: it will be possible to resume 50% of those affected by cardiac arrest in Ticino?


Using a statistical table, they have tried to analyze the cardiac arrests that occurred in Ticino between 2005 and 2009, considering as variables:

  • The number of cardiac arrests per patient
  • The number of patients considered for resuscitation
  • The number of patients assisted
  • The number of patients who received a CPR massage
  • The number of patients with ventricular fibrillation / ventricular tachycardia
  • The number of patients with ROSC (return of spontaneous circulation)
  • The number of patients leaving the hospital

After collecting the data it was necessary to represent the progress on an annual basis, through a regression graph, where on the X axis the years in which the survey was conducted are reported, while on the Y axis the percentage of patients leaving the hospital.


From the analysis of the data and the regression graph designed, it is clear that it would be statistically possible to reach the challenge launched by the Foundation, that is to say, to have 50% of the patients leaving the hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest outside a hospital . But to achieve this goal, a cultural change will be needed, increasing the number of people eligible for cardiac massage. Ticino, to date, is a unicum for Switzerland and a model to follow throughout Europe. In fact, thanks to the network of First Responder and the Momentum App, the rescue teams, on average, manage to reach the place of intervention in 3.5 minutes.

The Momentum team is proud to be able to contribute to achieving this goal thanks to the app we developed with our partner and to be able to contribute every day to save more and more lives.

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