Relevant Statistics

Given the significant public health burden associated with cardiac arrest and trauma in Alabama, the Alabama Resuscitation Center is committed to improving resuscitation outcomes by translating clinical trials into improved patient care.

  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in Alabama.
  • 63% of Alabama’s CVD deaths are from sudden cardiac death
  • Alabama has the second highest rate of out of hospital cardiac arrest (OOH-CA) in the country.
  • Alabama’s OOH-CA survival rate to hospital discharge is estimated to be less than 1%.  The national average is estimated to be between 4-5% percent.
  • Since the beginning of ROC, participating local EMS agencies have almost doubled their survival rate for OOH-CA.    
  • Alabama mirrors US statistics identifying trauma as the leading cause of death for those between the ages of 1 and 34.
  • Injuries alone account for approximately 3,200 deaths each year in Alabama.
  • Alabama has one of the highest rates of unintentional motor vehicle traffic-related deaths in the country (26.43 deaths/100,000 population) compared to the national average (16.4 deaths/100,000).