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$871 billion $900
Cancer1 Motor vehicle accidents2
numbers alone are compelling enough to justify an investment in lowering the mortality
rates from cardiac arrest and reducing the
financial and non-financial costs.
Finally, let’s not forget why we got into
this business to begin with: It’s for the Baileys of the world.
It goes without saying that, for families
like Bailey’s, the cost of OHCA is truly incalculable. JEMS
Keith Lurie, MD, is a professor of emergency medicine at the
University of Minnesota, a practicing cardiac electrophysiol-
ogist and a medical device developer.
Mike Levy, MD, FAEMS, FACEP, FACP, is the medical director
for Anchorage Fire Department and other agencies, as well
as the EMS medical director for the state of Alaska.
Robert Swor, DO, FACEP, FAEMS, is a professor of emergency
medicine at the Oakland University William Beaumont School
of Medicine. He’s also the EMS medical director for Royal Oak
Fire Department in Michigan.
Johanna Moore, MD, MS, is an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She’s also
the EMS medical director for Cardiac Arrest in Hennepin
1. Lick CJ, Aufderheide TP, Niskanen RA, et al. Take Heart America: A comprehensive, community-wide, systems-based
approach to the treatment of cardiac arrest. Crit Care Med.
2011; 39( 1): 26–33.
2. U.S. Department of Transportation. National Highway Trans-
portation Safety Association. (May 2015.) Economic and
societal impact of motor vehicle crashes, 2010 (Revised).
Retrieved Nov. 3, 2017, from https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.
Learn more from Mike Levy at the EMS
Today Conference, Feb. 21–23, in Charlotte, N.C. EMS Today.com
Table 5: Incident costs per year in U. S.