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Correspondence  |   August 2019
Delays Decrease Survival in Cardiac Arrest: Reply
Author Notes
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (N.G.B.). ngb1@pitt.edu
  • Accepted for publication July 11, 2019.
    Accepted for publication July 11, 2019.×
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Correspondence
Correspondence   |   August 2019
Delays Decrease Survival in Cardiac Arrest: Reply
Anesthesiology Newly Published on August 12, 2019. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002915
Anesthesiology Newly Published on August 12, 2019. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002915
We thank Mr. Stewart for his interest in our article1  and for his comments. We agree that accurate and precise data are always desirable for testing of hypotheses. However, we believe that it is not “relatively simple” to acquire accurate time data for the response to in-hospital cardiac arrest. Indeed, Mr. Stewart also acknowledges that no one else is reporting data better than the Get With The Guidelines–Resuscitation registry. The reality is that time data are difficult to capture accurately given the chaotic nature of an emergency response to in-hospital cardiac arrest. Therefore, some degree of inaccuracy likely exists. Furthermore, recorded clock times are impossible to validate as there is no gold standard with which to make comparisons.