Where can I download a copy of the study protocol?
A copy of the study protocol can be downloaded : here
On your data collection spreadsheet NCEPOD asks for the date of admission, what about patient’s that are not formally admitted to hospital? (i.e. die in the emergency department following an out of hospital cardiac arrest)
Please fill in the date of presentation to hospital into the field where date of admission should be instead
In the A&E department we do not use ICD10 codes, we use SNOMED CT codes. Do you have alternative codes that we can use?
Yes. The SNOMED CT code for cardiac arrest is 410429000. Again, as with the ICD10 codes the SNOMED CT code will only identify a cardiac arrest and not if this occurred out of hospital. It may also be useful to liaise with an Emergency Department colleague who may be able to help confirm which patients had an out of hospital cardiac arrest.
Which hospitals should be taking part in this study?
All acute hospitals in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and public hospitals in the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey that receive and treat patients that have an out of hospital cardiac arrest.
How can I identify patients who have had an out of hospital cardiac arrest in my hospital?
ICD10 codes I46.0 and I46.9 should be used to identify patients aged 16 and over who have had a cardiac arrest and were admitted to hospital within the study period, this will then need to be checked to confirm that the cardiac arrest occurred outside of hospital and that the patient achieved return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC).
It may be useful to liaise with an ED colleague to confirm this. SNOMED CT code 410429000 may be used for patients who were not formally admitted to hospital, but did have an OHCA and achieved ROSC and died in the ED.
What is the study period for this study?
1st January 2018 00:00am – 31st December 2018 23:59pm inclusive
Should I include patients who were transferred to or from this hospital?
Please include patients in the spreadsheet who had an OHCA, achieved ROSC, arrived in your hospital’s emergency department and then were transferred to another hospital.
Please also include patients who had an OHCA, achieved ROSC at another hospital’s emergency department and then were transferred into your hospital.
(Using the NHS numbers and discharge destination codes, NCEPOD will be able to work out the pathway of these patients even if they attended different trusts)
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