Year: 2009 Source: Irish Journal of Medical Science, v.178, no.1, (March 2009), p.29-33 SIEC No: 20090185

The contribution of alcohol, drug abuse & suicide attempts to out-of-hospital cardiac arrests was assessed. A retrospective review was done of all cases admitted to the intensive care unit over a 2-year period. There were 26 cases, 6 of whom survived. Ten patients arrested due to external factors (including 4 suicide attempts). All of the patients who arrested secondary to external factors were young, 90% were male, & all died in hospital. (15 refs.)