Category Archives: CPR

EWWW!

I found two interesting papers in EMJ. Both recently published. If you intubate a fresh frozen cadaver and ventilate you will get a transient capnography trace very similar to a trace from a living patient. I had heard about it before but … Continue reading

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THE ONE-TWO PUNCH

Interesting case report on cardiac arrest patient with refractory VF. Shocked 7 times – with a change in pad location. No luck. For the 8th shock, they hooked the patient up to a second defibrillator, and shocked him sequentially. One … Continue reading

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COUGH CPR

There are a few magic lo-tech treatments about. There’s the precordial thump, but there’s also the self administered cough CPR. Documented in several case series from the cath labs of the 70s and 80s, coughing every 1-3 seconds was shown … Continue reading

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ANYONE CAN LEARN CPR

ANYONE can learn CPR

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COCHRANE + LUCAS = NO LOVE

Cochrane does it’s usual thing. Looks at available evidence, then concludes more evidence is needed, and that the use of mechanical CPR isn’t supported by this Cochrane review. The problem is that they’re missing the point of mechanical compression devices.

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OPEN CHEST COMPRESSIONS IN MEDICAL CARDIAC ARREST

Despite all the thousands of man-hours and gazillions of money going into researching stuff like therapeutic hypothermia and adrenaline in cardiac arrest we really haven’t got the breakthrough we deserve. With the exception of pockets of excellence, ROSC rates have been … Continue reading

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MORE EVIDENCE LINKING FEVER AND MORTALITY AFTER ROSC

A Danish study in Resuscitation sheds more light on the link between fever and mortality in post-ROSC patients. It is interesting as it fits nicely with the recently published, and highly controversial, study in NEJM that suggested hypothermia isn’t working … Continue reading

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BYSTANDER-CPR INTERACTIVE

Here’s an interesting concept worth spreading. The UK is struggling with low rates of bystander-CPR in out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. As I can remember the rate in the UK is 30% compared to 70% in the scandinavian countries. Director Martin Percy … Continue reading

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CARDIOVISION

Cardiac anaesthesia can be boring as hell. On the upside, there is no better way to get a true understanding of cardiac physiology than directly observing, actually seeing, what the heart does. This is what VF, cardioversion and sinus rythm … Continue reading

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HEART RATE MONITOR WATCHES IN AVALANCHES

Heart rate monitor watches are becoming increasingly popular in outdoor sports. That has resulted in some interesting case reports where heart rate recordings have been downloaded and analysed from victims´watches. The most recent one was published in Resuscitation. It details … Continue reading

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