Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and post-resuscitation care

Jonathan MacKenney*, Jasmeet Soar

*Corresponding author for this work

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Survival following cardiac arrest depends on early recognition and effective treatment with high-quality chest compressions with minimal interruption, ventilation, treatment of reversible causes, and defibrillation if appropriate. Successfully resuscitated patients can develop a 'SIRS-like' post-cardiac arrest syndrome. Post-cardiac arrest care includes coronary reperfusion, control of oxygenation and ventilation, circulatory support, glucose control, treatment of seizures, and therapeutic hypothermia. Prognostication in comatose survivors is challenging. Approximately one-third of cardiac arrest survivors admitted to intensive care are discharged home.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-18
Number of pages4
JournalAnaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013

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  • Asystole
  • cardiac arrest
  • cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • defibrillation
  • hypothermia
  • post-resuscitation care
  • pulseless electrical activity
  • ventricular fibrillation


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