Association between diabetes mellitus and poor patient outcomes after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Dinesh Chandra Voruganti, Adithya Chennamadhavuni, Rohan Garje, Ghanshyam Palamaner Subash Shantha, Marin L. Schweizer, Saket Girotra, Michael Giudici

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Diabetes mellitus (DM) serves as an important prognostic indicator in patients with cardiac-related illness. Our objective is to compare survival and neurological outcomes among diabetic and non-diabetic patients who were admitted to the hospital after an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). We searched MEDLINE and EMBASE for relevant articles from database inception to July 2018 without any language restriction. Studies were included if they evaluated patients who presented with OHCA, included mortality and neurological outcome data separately for DM patients and Non-DM patients and reported crude data, odds ratio (OR), relative risk (RR) or hazard ratio (HR). Two investigators independently reviewed the retrieved citations and assessed eligibility. The quality of included studies was evaluated using Newcastle-Ottawa quality assessment scale for cohort studies. Random-effect models using the generic variance method were used to create pooled odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI). Heterogeneity was assessed using the I2 value. Survival and neurological outcomes (using modified rankin scale and cerebral performance category scale) after OHCA in hospitalized patients with DM compared with patients without DM. Out of 57 studies identified, six cohort studies met the inclusion criteria. In an analysis of unadjusted data, patients with DM had lower odds of survival, pooled OR 0.64; 95% CI, 0.52–0.78, [I2 = 90%]. When adjusted ORs were pooled, the association between DM and survival after OHCA was still significantly reduced, pooled OR 0.78, 95% CI, 0.68–0.89 [I2 = 55%]. Unadjusted pooled OR revealed poor neurological outcomes in patients with DM, pooled OR 0.55, 95% CI, 0.38–0.80 [I2 = 90%]. The result demonstrates significant poor outcomes of in-hospital survival and neurological outcomes among DM patients after OHCA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number17921
JournalScientific reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

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