70% of Canadians die in hospital, and for 10-15 % their last admission is to the Intensive Care Unit. This occurs despite the fact that most report that they would prefer to die at home, with comfort measures only.
In 2016, 4.2 % or fewer Torontonians over the age of 18, regardless of their health status, survived CPR (or Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) attempts in the home, with survival being defined as being able to leave the hospital after the event. Research indicates that the public’s impression of the survival rate of CPR from watching TV and movies is about 70%. 4.2 vs 70%— that’s a big discrepancy.