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Why Don’t Doctors Recognize Cardiac Arrest?

August 8, 2016

(The Atlantic) – It’s odd to think that doctors and nurses could be duped by such a common medical emergency; according to the American Heart Association, there were 209,000 in-hospital cardiac-arrest cases in 2013. But clinical researchers find that too many people in medicine are hesitant to believe a patient is in cardiac arrest. And not all are aware of the most effective methods of resuscitation. While critical-care physicians often have plenty of practice resuscitating patients, other doctors, like primary-care physicians, have relatively little.

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