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    ABSTRACT: New American Heart Association Guidelines 2010 emphasize the need for high-quality CPR, which can be seen in initiating chest compressions sooner (before 2 ventilations) and with slightly modified compression depth and rate. Fundamental change in CPR sequence is abandoning A-B-C steps for C-A-B (all age groups excluding newly born) to minimise the delay in initiating chest compressions. Dispatchers should help bystanders recognize cardiac arrests and provide instructions on Hands-Only CPR. New guidelines add fifth link to the Adult Chain of Survival - "post-cardiac arrest care" and underline team approach to the resuscitation. Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support guidelines also emphasize good-quality CPR and recommend capnography for monitoring CPR quality. Atropine is no longer recommended for routine use in the treatment of pulseless electrical activity and asystole. For symptomatic bradycardia pacing is still recommended but chronotropic drug infusions should be considered an alternative. Both morphine and oxygen should be used with caution in acute coronary syndromes as they might affect the outcome. Post-cardiac arrest care after ROSC should include multidisciplinary management and often includes hypothermia.
    Wiadomości lekarskie (Warsaw, Poland: 1960) 01/2011; 64(2):127-31.
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    ABSTRACT: Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is an unusual but devastating occurrence in a young person. Years of life-lost are substantial and long-term health care costs of survivors can be high. However, there have been noteworthy improvements in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) standards, out-of hospital care, and postcardiac arrest therapies that have resulted in a several-fold improvement in resuscitation outcomes. Recent interest and research in resuscitation of children has the promise of generating improvements in the outcomes of these patients. Integrated and coordinated care in the out-of-hospital and hospital settings are required. This article will review the epidemiology of OHCA, the 2010 CPR guidelines, and developments in public access defibrillation for children.
    Pediatric Cardiology 08/2011; 33(3):474-83. DOI:10.1007/s00246-011-0084-8 · 1.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We compared the pharmacokinetics of intraosseous (IO) drug delivery via tibia or sternum, with central venous (CV) drug delivery during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). CPR of anesthetized KCl arrest swine was initiated 8 min post arrest. Evans blue and indocyanine green, each were simultaneously injected as a bolus with adrenaline through IO sternal and tibial needles, respectively, n=7. In second group (n=6) simultaneous IO sternal and IV central venous (CV) injections were made. Peak arterial blood concentrations were achieved faster for sternal IO vs. tibial IO administration (53±11 s vs. 107±27 s, p=0.03). Tibial IO dose delivered was 65% of sternal administration (p=0.003). Time to peak blood concentration was similar for sternal IO and CV administration (97±17 s vs. 70±12 s, respectively; p=0.17) with total dose delivered of sternal being 86% of the dose delivered via CV (p=0.22). IO drug administrations via either the sternum or tibia were effective during CPR in anesthetized swine. However, IO drug administration via the sternum was significantly faster and delivered a larger dose.
    Resuscitation 08/2011; 83(1):107-12. DOI:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2011.07.041 · 3.96 Impact Factor
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