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Hospitals getting better at treating cardiac arrest
Los Angeles Times

Hospitals have gotten far better at treating cardiac arrest, according to a study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, reducing both deaths and neurological damage as a result. The study looked at more than 80,000 patients in 374 hospitals who suffered a cardiac arrest while in the hospital from 2000 to 2009 to determine whether rates of survival or the incidence of serious side effects had changed. In particular, the researchers were interested in the percentage of patients who survived long enough and got healthy enough to be discharged from the hospital after the incident.