Articles tagged "cardiac arrest"

Drones Deliver AEDs Faster than Ambulances in Out-of Hospital Cardiac Arrests

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

A shock from an automated external defibrillators can save lives in cardiac arrests from ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia if delivered early. Drones might be a solution to get an AED to cardiac arrest victims especially in rural America.

When to Stop CPR for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest?

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

This study of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) showed that resuscitation efforts should continue and patients should be transported to the hospital if there is ROSC (return of spontaneous circulation), a shock has been delivered, or if EMS witnessed the arrest.

To Intubate or Not Intubate During In-Hospital Codes?

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

This observational study suggests that intubation during inpatient cardiac arrest was associated with worse outcomes.

Updated International Guidelines for Post–Cardiac Arrest Care

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

The European Resuscitation Council and the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine have collaborated to produce these post-resuscitation care guidelines

Pre-hospital cardiac arrest patients do best with supraglottic airway or BVM ventilation

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

Cardiac arrest patients who were intubated had similar outcomes to those who had a supraglottic airway device (e.g., King tube) inserted in the pre-hospital setting.

Study Shows Interesting Results on Mild Hypothermia Treatment for Comatose Survivors

by Joseph Esherick, M.D., FAAFP, FHM

Mild hypothermia is standard of care for comatose survivors after cardiac arrest. Now there is new evidence that survivors of PEA arrest do better neurologically compared with survivors of VF/VT arrests. A retrospective, single-center study shows comatose survivors with shockable rhythms have better outcomes after mild hypothermia treatment than those with nonshockable rhythms.