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Inside Medicine: In-hospital cardiac arrest common – and a tangle
Sacramento Bee

Despite our expectations that we go to the hospital to get well, each year more than 200,000 people have their heart stop unexpectedly – cardiac arrest – while in the hospital.

In most cases treatment involves cardiopulmonary resuscitation. How effective are hospitals at dealing with these emergencies? Based on our experience watching a cardiac arrest on TV, we might assume hospitals are nearly always successful at CPR.

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