Glasgow Coma Scale score of more than four on admission predicts in-hospital survival in patients after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

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      The aim of the study was to assess the usefulness of the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score assessed by EMS team in predicting survival to hospital discharge in patients after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA).


      Silesian Registry of OHCA (SIL-OHCA) is a prospective, population-based regional registry of OHCAs. All cases of OHCAs between the 1st of January 2018 and the 31st of December 2018 were included. Data were collected by EMS using a paper-based, Utstein-style form. OHCA patients aged ≥18 years, with CPR attempted or continued by EMS, who survived to hospital admission, were included in the current analysis. Patients who did not achieve return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) in the field, with missing data on GCS after ROSC or survival status at discharge were excluded from the study.


      Two hundred eighteen patients with OHCA, who achieved ROSC, were included in the present analysis. ROC analysis revealed GCS = 4 as a cut-off value in predicting survival to discharge (AUC 0.735; 95%CI 0.655–0.816; p < 0.001). Variables significantly associated with in-hospital survival were young age, short response time, witnessed event, previous myocardial infarction, chest pain before OHCA, initial shockable rhythm, coronary angiography, and GCS > 4. On the other hand, epinephrine administration, intubation, the need for dispatching two ambulances, and/or a physician-staffed ambulance were associated with a worse prognosis. Multivariable logistic regression analysis revealed GCS > 4 as an independent predictor of in-hospital survival after OHCA (OR of 6.4; 95% CI 2.0–20.3; p < 0.0001). Other independent predictors of survival were the lack of epinephrine administration, previous myocardial infarction, coronary angiography, and the patient's age.


      The survival to hospital discharge after OHCA could be predicted by the GCS score on hospital admission.


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