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King County Has World’s Highest Survival Rate for Cardiac Arrest

May 23, 2014

SEATTLE, WA–Someone who has a cardiac arrest in King County has a greater chance of survival than anyone else in the world, according the latest analysis by county officials. The survival rate for cardiac arrest in King County hit an all-time high of 62 percent in 2013.[1] By comparison, the cardiac survival rates in New York City, Chicago, and other urban areas have been recorded in the single digits.

“People are alive today in King County who would not have survived in most other places in the country,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “Our system delivers rapid, high-quality critical care wherever you are.”

King County’s success in saving lives is based in a coordinated, regional system where everyone – dispatchers, first responders, fire departments, law enforcement, paramedics, urgent care centers, and others – is guided by consistent medical direction and evidence-based practice.

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