A Population-based Approach to Regionalize Cardiac Arrest Care

Given the disease burden associated with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), and the recognized gap in quality of hospital-based care for OHCA, the need for regional systems of care has been proposed, but the optimal design of such a system is not yet clear. An understanding of the empiric hospital utilization patterns of patients with OHCA is critical to developing an effective, coordinated system. In response, are using statewide administrative data from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) to develop tools to describe the defacto regional OHCA system from the perspective of the population. Wiebe/Carr.