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Henderson Strong in Cardiac Arrest Survival Rate

Henderson Strong in Cardiac Arrest Survival Rate


A recent study promoted today by city officials indicates that Henderson residents more than double their chance of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest when treated by the Henderson Fire Department.

In instances of cardiac arrest due to ventricular fibrillation, the Henderson Fire Department achieved a 50 percent survival rate, with 29 percent of those patients going home neurologically intact. Nationally, the survival rate for this type of cardiac arrest is 21 percent.

“Our Fire Department is treating patients who essentially have no pulse and helping them return to their families, their community, and their careers,” Mayor Andy Hafen said.

Fire Chief Steve Goble attributes this success to the Fire Department’s team-based approach to cardiac arrest response.

“This success rate doesn’t just happen,” Goble said. “Our consistent training and use of best practices puts the highest level of training and technology in the hands of our firefighters.”

This team-based approach includes a rapid response with four-person paramedic engine and truck companies and two-person paramedic rescues. The department maintains systematic task standards and the highest level of training for each member, while implementing the most advanced technology, such as Q-CPR and induced hypothermia.

The Henderson Fire Department was already a national leader in cardiac survivability rates in 2010, and has seen even greater results this year with an increase in the number of patients discharged home with no neurological deficits.