Approximately 30,000 people across the UK each year experience an out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). We are conducting a survey to help us understand the services provided to this group of patients before and after discharge from hospital.  

We are carrying out this survey now as we have recently published RCUK Guidelines 2021. Within these Guidelines (Post-resuscitation care section), there are recommendations that care providers will: 
  • Perform functional assessments of physical and non-physical impairments before discharge from the hospital to identify early rehabilitation needs and refer to rehabilitation if necessary 
  • Organise follow-up for all cardiac arrest survivors within 3 months after hospital discharge, including: 
    1. screening for cognitive problems 
    2. screening for emotional problems and fatigue
    3. providing information and support for survivors and family members.  
RCUK intends to develop a Quality Standard for survivors of OHCA and the results from this survey will help us to understand what’s offered now, the patient need and any barriers to delivering services for this group of patients.  

The Quality Standard will provide guidance to help those developing and delivering services across the UK. 

This survey is for health care professionals working in hospitals and are involved in the management and treatment of patients after a cardiac arrest.   

We are looking for respondents who can answer on behalf of their organisation, so if you do not have a clear understanding of the services your organisation offers, please forward the survey to someone who does.   

We are aware that you may have different care pathways and services for different patient experiences. When you answer these questions, please answer with the most likely service you would provide.

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* 1. Are you a healthcare professional?

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