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advanced cardiac life support

Lunia Sofia Lima Azevedo, Lucas Gaspar Ribeiro, André Schmidt, Antônio Pazin Filho
We sought to evaluate the impact of Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) training in the professional career and work environment of physicians who took the course in a single center certified by the American Heart Association (AHA). Of the 4631 students (since 1999 to 2009), 2776 were located, 657 letters were returned, with 388 excluded from the analysis for being returned lacking addressees. The final study population was composed of 269 participants allocated in 3 groups (< 3 years, 3-5 and > 5years)...
March 2018: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Kay Lash, Rachelle Oppel, Jeanette Hasse
Technology advances have made it possible to prolong life for patients with heart failure who are not transplant candidates or while awaiting transplant. Many different cardiac devices are available that can be used as a bridge to transplant (temporary support) or as a destination therapy (permanent support). Placement of these devices can cause complications that, if not addressed, could negatively impact the nutrition status of patients. Placement of nasointestinal feeding tubes using an electromagnetic sensor-guided enteral access system (EMS-EAS) has been difficult in patients with implantable devices because of the potential for interference with the EMS-EAS and the left ventricular assist device (LVAD)...
March 12, 2018: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
Jonathan Buggey, Chantal A ElAmm
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this study is to summarize the literature describing the pathogenesis, diagnosis and management of cardiomyopathy related to myocarditis. RECENT FINDINGS: Myocarditis has a variety of causes and a heterogeneous clinical presentation with potentially life-threatening complications. About one-third of patients will develop a dilated cardiomyopathy and the pathogenesis is a multiphase, mutlicompartment process that involves immune activation, including innate immune system triggered proinflammatory cytokines and autoantibodies...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Cardiology
Prabhpreet Singh, Amit Noheria
Invasive electrophysiology (EP) mapping and catheter ablation has increasingly become the standard of care for many cardiac arrhythmias like supraventricular tachycardias, atrial fibrillation, premature ventricular complexes (PVC), and monomorphic ventricular tachycardia. In this review, we discuss the recent progress made in the mapping and ablation of ventricular fibrillation (VF). Ventricular activation during VF is apparently disorganized, making mapping and interpretation difficult. Prolonged mapping during VF would require mechanical circulatory support as VF causes complete hemodynamic collapse...
March 6, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
Marianne Yardley, Lars Gullestad, Kari Nytrøen
One of the most important prognostic factors in heart failure patients is physical capacity. Patients with very poor physical performance and otherwise eligible, may be listed as candidates for heart transplantation (HTx). After such surgery, life-long immunosuppression therapy is needed to prevent rejection of the new heart. The dark side of immunosuppression is the increased risk of infections, kidney failure, cancer and advanced atherosclerosis (cardiac allograft vasculopathy), with the two latter conditions as the main causes of later mortality...
February 24, 2018: World Journal of Transplantation
JaBaris D Swain, Colleen Sinnott, Suellen Breakey, Rian Hasson Charles, Gita Mody, Napthal Nyirimanzi, Ceeya Patton-Bolman, Patricia Come, Gapira Ganza, Emmanuel Rusingiza, Nathan Ruhamya, Joseph Mucumbitsi, Jorge Borges, Martin Zammert, Jochen D Muehlschlegel, Robert Oakes, Bruce Leavitt, R Morton Bolman
OBJECTIVE: Despite its near complete eradication in resource-rich countries, rheumatic heart disease remains the most common acquired cardiovascular disease in sub-Saharan Africa. With a ratio of physicians/population of 1 per 10,500, including only 4 cardiologists for a population of 11.4 million, Rwanda represents a resource-limited setting lacking the local capacity to detect and treat early cases of strep throat and perform lifesaving operations for advanced rheumatic heart disease...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Jozef Klučka, Tomáš Juřenčák, Petr Štourač, Pavel Vít, Vladimíra Foralová, Iva Synková
Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in pediatric population is rare and predominantly has respiratory aetiology. Authors present the relatively unique case of out-of hospital cardiac arrest in 5-years old pediatric patient due to ventricular fibrillation (VF) as the initial rhythm during the advanced life support. The patient was resuscitated by his parents and the initial rhythm was VF. After defibrillation the patient was admitted to the pediatric intensive care were another two episodes of VF was detected and treated...
February 28, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
Patricia Jabre, Andrea Penaloza, David Pinero, Francois-Xavier Duchateau, Stephen W Borron, Francois Javaudin, Olivier Richard, Diane de Longueville, Guillem Bouilleau, Marie-Laure Devaud, Matthieu Heidet, Caroline Lejeune, Sophie Fauroux, Jean-Luc Greingor, Alessandro Manara, Jean-Christophe Hubert, Bertrand Guihard, Olivier Vermylen, Pascale Lievens, Yannick Auffret, Celine Maisondieu, Stephanie Huet, Benoît Claessens, Frederic Lapostolle, Nicolas Javaud, Paul-Georges Reuter, Elinor Baker, Eric Vicaut, Frédéric Adnet
Importance: Bag-mask ventilation (BMV) is a less complex technique than endotracheal intubation (ETI) for airway management during the advanced cardiac life support phase of cardiopulmonary resuscitation of patients with out-of-hospital cardiorespiratory arrest. It has been reported as superior in terms of survival. Objectives: To assess noninferiority of BMV vs ETI for advanced airway management with regard to survival with favorable neurological function at day 28...
February 27, 2018: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Rein Ketelaars, Christian Beekers, Geert-Jan Van Geffen, Gert Jan Scheffer, Nico Hoogerwerf
BACKGROUND: Patients in cardiac arrest must receive algorithm-based management such as basic life support and advanced (cardiac) life support. International guidelines dictate diagnosing and treating any factor that may have caused the arrest or may be complicating the resuscitation. Ultrasound may be of potential value in this process and can be used in a prehospital setting. The objective is to evaluate the use of prehospital ultrasound during traumatic and non-traumatic CPR and determine its impact on prehospital treatment decisions in a Dutch helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS)...
February 22, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
Avery Tung
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March 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Cosmin Balan, Adrian View-Kim Wong
Catecholamines are entrenched in the management of shock states. A paradigm shift has pervaded the critical care arena in recent years acknowledging their propensity to cause harm and fuel a 'death-spiral'. We present the case of a 21-year-old male following a witnessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrest who received high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation and standard advanced life support for refractory ventricular fibrillation until return of spontaneous circulation after 70 min. Early post-admission echocardiography revealed severe diffuse sub-basal left ventricular hypertrophy with dynamic mid-cavity obstruction and akinetic apical pouching...
February 2018: Journal of the Intensive Care Society
Darryl Abrams, A Reshad Garan, Akram Abdelbary, Matthew Bacchetta, Robert H Bartlett, James Beck, Jan Belohlavek, Yih-Sharng Chen, Eddy Fan, Niall D Ferguson, Jo-Anne Fowles, John Fraser, Michelle Gong, Ibrahim F Hassan, Carol Hodgson, Xiaotong Hou, Katarzyna Hryniewicz, Shingo Ichiba, William A Jakobleff, Roberto Lorusso, Graeme MacLaren, Shay McGuinness, Thomas Mueller, Pauline K Park, Giles Peek, Vin Pellegrino, Susanna Price, Erika B Rosenzweig, Tetsuya Sakamoto, Leonardo Salazar, Matthieu Schmidt, Arthur S Slutsky, Christian Spaulding, Hiroo Takayama, Koji Takeda, Alain Vuylsteke, Alain Combes, Daniel Brodie
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) has been used increasingly for both respiratory and cardiac failure in adult patients. Indications for ECMO use in cardiac failure include severe refractory cardiogenic shock, refractory ventricular arrhythmia, active cardiopulmonary resuscitation for cardiac arrest, and acute or decompensated right heart failure. Evidence is emerging to guide the use of this therapy for some of these indications, but there remains a need for additional evidence to guide best practices...
February 15, 2018: Intensive Care Medicine
Sunjoo Kang, Hyejin Seo, Binh Duy Ho, Phuong Thi Anh Nguyen
Purpose: This study analyzed the project outcomes to share lessons regarding the development of an emergency medicine education system in Vietnam. Methods: Retrospective evaluation was implemented using project outcome indicators. Results: A total of 13 training courses were administered, with the collaboration of international experts in Korea and Vietnam. A total of 23 kinds of emergency medicine education equipment were purchased, and a basic life support (BLS) and two advanced cardiac life support labs were remodeled to provide appropriate simulation training...
2018: Frontiers in Public Health
Brian Grunau, Takahisa Kawano, William Dick, Ronald Straight, Helen Connolley, Robert Schlamp, Frank Scheuermeyer, Christopher B Fordyce, David Barbic, John Tallon, Jim Christenson
BACKGROUND: British Columbia (BC) Emergency Health Services implemented a strategy to improve outcomes for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), focusing on paramedic-led high-quality on-scene resuscitation. We measured changes in care metrics and survival trends. METHODS: This was a post-hoc study of prospectively identified consecutive non-traumatic ambulance-treated adult OHCAs from 2006 to 2016 within BC's four metropolitan areas. The primary outcome was survival to hospital discharge; we described available favourable neurological outcomes (mRS ≤3)...
February 2, 2018: Resuscitation
Christoph Weiser, Michael Poppe, Fritz Sterz, Harald Herkner, Christian Clodi, Christoph Schriefl, Alexandra Warenits, Mathias Vossen, Michael Schwameis, Alexander Nürnberger, Alexander Spiel
BACKGROUND: Outcome is generally poor in out of hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) with initial non-shockable rhythms. Termination of resuscitation rules facilitate early prognostication at the scene to cease resuscitation attempts in futile situations and to proceed advanced life support in promising conditions. As pulseless electrical activity (PEA) is present as first rhythm in every 4th OHCA we were interested if the initial electrical frequency in PEA predicts survival. METHODS: All patients >18 years of age with non-traumatic OHCA and PEA as first rhythm between August 2013 and August 2015 from the Vienna Cardiac Arrest Registry were included in this retrospective observational study...
February 3, 2018: Resuscitation
Søren Steemann Rudolph, Dan Lou Isbye, Peter Pfeiffer, Jesper Kjærgaard
In an advanced emergency medical service all parts of the advanced life support (ALS) algorithm can be provided. This evidence-based algorithm outlines resuscitative efforts for the first 10-15 minutes after cardiac arrest, whereafter the algorithm repeats itself. Restoration of spontaneous circulation fails in most cases, but in some circumstances the patient may benefit from additional interventional approaches, in which case transport to hospital with ongoing cardiopulmonary resuscitation is indicated. This paper has summarized treatments outside the ALS algorithm, which may be beneficial, but are not supported by firm scientific evidence...
January 29, 2018: Ugeskrift for Laeger
Seong Ho Moon, Jong Woo Kim, Joung Hun Byun, Sung Hwan Kim, Ki Nyun Kim, Jun Young Choi, In Seok Jang, Chung Eun Lee, Jun Ho Yang, Dong Hun Kang, Hyun Oh Park
RATIONALE: Per the American Heart Association guidelines, extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation should be considered for in-hospital patients with easily reversible cardiac arrest. However, there are currently no consensus recommendations regarding resuscitation for prolonged cardiac arrest cases. PATIENT CONCERNS AND DIAGNOSIS: We encountered a 48-year-old man who survived a cardiac arrest that lasted approximately 1.5 hours. He visited a local hospital's emergency department complaining of chest pain and dyspnea that had started 3 days earlier...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
William C McGaghie, Ilene B Harris
Simulation-based mastery learning (SBML), like all education interventions, has learning theory foundations. Recognition and comprehension of SBML learning theory foundations are essential for thoughtful education program development, research, and scholarship. We begin with a description of SBML followed by a section on the importance of learning theory foundations to shape and direct SBML education and research. We then discuss three principal learning theory conceptual frameworks that are associated with SBML-behavioral, constructivist, social cognitive-and their contributions to SBML thought and practice...
January 25, 2018: Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare
Tomasz Kłosiewicz, Mateusz Puślecki, Marcin Zieliński, Michał Mandecki, Marcin Ligowski, Sebastian Stefaniak, Marek Dąbrowski, Marek Karczewski, Łukasz Gąsiorowski, Maciej Sip, Agata Dąbrowska, Wojciech Telec, Bartłomiej Perek, Marek Jemielity
The number of people waiting for a kidney or liver transplant is growing systematically. Due to the latest advances in transplantation, persons after irreversible cardiac arrest and confirmation of death have become potential organ donors. It is estimated that they may increase the number of donations by more than 40%. However, without good organization and communication between pre-hospital care providers, emergency departments, intensive care units and transplantation units, it is almost impossible to save the organs of potential donors in good condition...
December 2017: Kardiochirurgia i Torakochirurgia Polska, Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
Jessica N Blom, Qingping Feng
Despite therapeutic advances that have prolonged life, myocardial infarction (MI) remains a leading cause of death worldwide and imparts a significant economic burden. The advancement of treatments to improve cardiac repair post-MI requires the discovery of new targeted treatment strategies. Recent studies have highlighted the importance of the epicardial covering of the heart in both cardiac development and lower vertebrate cardiac regeneration. The epicardium serves as a source of cardiac cells including smooth muscle cells, endothelial cells and cardiac fibroblasts...
January 17, 2018: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
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