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A blog on anaesthesia, intensive care and emergency medicine. In-hospital and outside. Mostly focusing on the critically ill patient. Written by two Scandinavian senior anaesthetic registrars turned consultants.
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Category Archives: CPR
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.
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
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
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
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
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
A study in SJTREM compares CPR hands-off times with various airway devices. It reinforces what we already know. In order to maintain hands-off times within CPR guideline recommendations the endotracheal tube is not a realistic option for inexperienced EMTs.
Here is some iPhone footage from the OR that demonstrates how effective mechanical compressions can be. The patient is a hypothermic cardiac arrest victim. He was put on LUCAS2 as a bridge to ECMO-cannulation. On this transesophageal echo view the … Continue reading
I didn´t know what a gurney was (I do now), but I did know that performing effective CPR while transporting a patient, through a hospital or in a road ambulance, is hard. I didn´t know it was this bad though. … Continue reading
Evidence proving compressions-only CPR is superior to the traditional CPR with rescue breathing is lacking. The studies that exist are inconclusive. Now a study in Circulation meta-analyses two of the older studies, and says there actually might be improved survival with … Continue reading