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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624594/variability-in-the-initiation-of-resuscitation-attempts-by-emergency-medical-services-personnel-during-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest
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Steven C Brooks, Robert H Schmicker, Sheldon Cheskes, James Christenson, Alan Craig, Mohamud Daya, Peter J Kudenchuk, Graham Nichol, Dana Zive, Laurie J Morrison
BACKGROUND: Some patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) assessed by emergency medical services (EMS) do not receive attempts at resuscitation on the basis of perceived futility. AIMS: 1) To measure variability in the initiation of resuscitation attempts in EMS-assessed OHCA patients across EMS agencies, 2) to evaluate the association between selected EMS agency characteristics and the proportion of patients receiving resuscitation attempts, and 3) to evaluate the association between proportion receiving resuscitation attempts and survival...
June 14, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617693/brukhonenko-s-autojector-the-first-apparatus-for-cardiopulmonary-bypass-and-extracorporeal-life-support
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Sergey P Glyantsev, Pavel M Bogopolsky, Vakhtang Tchantchaleishvili
Sergey Brukhonenko was a prominent Soviet physician-scientist who from 1922 to 1924 developed a methodology for perfusing a canine head and keeping it alive using the first extracorporeal life support device he created called "Autojector." From 1926 to 1927, in collaboration with surgeon Nikolay Terebinsky, he performed a series of perfusion experiments of the entire canine body using a more advanced model of Autojector. Subsequently, Brukhonenko concluded the possibility of extending this methodology to heart surgery...
June 13, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605928/targeted-temperature-management-after-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-in-three-young-patients
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Amina Godinjak, Amer Iglica, Adis Kukuljac, Ira Tančica, Selma Jusufović, Anes Ajanović, Šejla Rožajac
OBJECTIVE: We present the use of targeted temperature management in a tertiary-level intensive care unit, in three patients who experienced an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. CASE REPORT: Three young patients experienced an out-of-hospital non-coronary cardiac arrest. The causes of the cardiac arrest were: Wolf-Parkinson-White syndrome, drug overdose and long-QT syndrome. All patients were resuscitated according to the advanced cardiac life support guidelines, and treated with targeted temperature management, with a target temperature of 33°C for 24 hours...
May 2017: Acta Medica Academica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604999/percutaneous-cardiac-support-during-myocardial-infarction-drastically-reduces-mortality-perspectives-from-a-swine-model
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Maria Giovanna Trivella, Alessandra Piersigilli, Fabio Bernini, Gualtiero Pelosi, Silvia Burchielli, Stefano Puzzuoli, Claudia Kusmic, Antonio L'Abbate
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) with cardiogenic shock (CS) remains the leading cause of in-hospital death in acute coronary syndromes. In the AMI-CS pig model we tested the efficacy of temporary percutaneous cardiorespiratory assist device (PCRA) in rescuing the failing heart and reducing early mortality. METHODS: In open-chest pigs we induced AMI by proximal left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) ligation. Eight animals without PCRA (C group) were compared with 12 animals otherwise treated with PCRA (T group), starting approximately at 60 minutes post-occlusion and lasting 120-180 minutes...
June 6, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598888/long-term-diabetes-complications-after-pancreas-transplantation
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Trond Jenssen, Anders Hartmann, Kåre I Birkeland
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The intention of this study is to summarize present knowledge about adverse effects of hyperglycemia in diabetes, and in this context review more recent data concerning the effects of pancreas transplantation on a wide range of diabetic complications. RECENT FINDINGS: Effective blood glucose control by insulin delays progression of microvascular complications and probably improves survival in type 1 diabetes. A successful pancreas transplantation combined with a kidney graft has recently been found to prevent diabetic kidney lesions, and registry data support improved long-term patient survival...
June 8, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590987/-chaotic-arrhythmia-during-successful-resuscitation-after-ingestion-of-yew-taxus-baccata-needles
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Andreas Zutter, Kathrin Hauri, Katrina S Evers, Sabine Uhde, Jens Fassl, Oliver Tobias Reuthebuch, Andreas Berset, Michael Kühne, Birgit C Donner
OBJECTIVE: The study aims to describe the management of a case of life-threatening yew (Taxus baccata) intoxication. BACKGROUND: The needles of the yew tree contain highly cardiotoxic taxines. Intoxication with taxines, typically as part of suicide attempts, may lead to potentially lethal arrhythmias which often require prolonged cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other supportive measures. No specific therapy has been described. In some cases, extracorporeal life support has been used...
June 6, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575891/using-simulation-as-an-investigational-methodology-to-explore-the-impact-of-technology-on-team-communication-and-patient-management-a-pilot-evaluation-of-the-effect-of-an-automated-compression-device
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Matthew Gittinger, Sarah M Brolliar, James A Grand, Graham Nichol, Rosemarie Fernandez
INTRODUCTION: This pilot study used a simulation-based platform to evaluate the effect of an automated mechanical chest compression device on team communication and patient management. METHODS: Four-member emergency department interprofessional teams were randomly assigned to perform manual chest compressions (control, n = 6) or automated chest compressions (intervention, n = 6) during a simulated cardiac arrest with 2 phases: phase 1 baseline (ventricular tachycardia), followed by phase 2 (ventricular fibrillation)...
June 2017: Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559035/external-defibrillator-damage-associated-with-attempted-synchronized-dual-dose-cardioversion
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Neal S Gerstein, A Robb McLean, Eric C Stecker, Peter M Schulman
The simultaneous use of 2 external defibrillators to administer either dual or sequential cardioversion or defibrillation for refractory cardiac arrhythmias is increasing in both the out-of-hospital and inhospital settings. Using 2 defibrillators to administer higher energy levels than can be achieved with a single defibrillator is considered off-label and is currently not part of published advanced cardiac life support guidelines. We report the first case in which the use of dual-dose cardioversion was associated with external defibrillator damage...
May 27, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555810/reduced-right-ventricular-diameter-during-cardiac-arrest-caused-by-tension-pneumothorax-a-porcine-ultrasound-study
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P Caap, R Aagaard, E Sloth, B Løfgren, A Granfeldt
INTRODUCTION: Advanced life support (ALS) guidelines recommend ultrasound to identify reversible causes of cardiac arrest. Right ventricular (RV) dilatation during cardiac arrest is commonly interpreted as a sign of pulmonary embolism. The RV is thus a focus of clinical ultrasound examination. Importantly, in animal studies ventricular fibrillation and hypoxia results in RV dilatation. Tension pneumothorax (tPTX) is another reversible cause of cardiac arrest, however, the impact on RV diameter remains unknown...
May 28, 2017: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554878/adherence-to-aha-guidelines-when-adapted-for-augmented-reality-glasses-for-assisted-pediatric-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Johan N Siebert, Frederic Ehrler, Alain Gervaix, Kevin Haddad, Laurence Lacroix, Philippe Schrurs, Ayhan Sahin, Christian Lovis, Sergio Manzano
BACKGROUND: The American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) are nowadays recognized as the world's most authoritative resuscitation guidelines. Adherence to these guidelines optimizes the management of critically ill patients and increases their chances of survival after cardiac arrest. Despite their availability, suboptimal quality of CPR is still common. Currently, the median hospital survival rate after pediatric in-hospital cardiac arrest is 36%, whereas it falls below 10% for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest...
May 29, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541177/when-teachable-moments-become-ethically-problematic
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Elizabeth Dzeng
There is frequently tension in medical education between teaching moments that provide skills and knowledge for medical trainees, and instrumentalizing patients for the purpose of teaching. In this commentary, I question the ethical acceptability of the practice of providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) to dying patients who would be unlikely to survive resuscitation, as a teaching opportunity for medical trainees. This practice violates the principle of informed consent, as the patient agreed to resuscitation for the purpose of potentially prolonging life rather than to futile resuscitation as a teaching opportunity...
July 2017: Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics: CQ: the International Journal of Healthcare Ethics Committees
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506439/clinical-review-loperamide-toxicity
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REVIEW
Peter E Wu, David N Juurlink
Loperamide is a nonprescription opioid widely used for the treatment of diarrhea. Although it is relatively safe at therapeutic doses, increasing reports describe its misuse and abuse at very high doses either for euphoric effects or to attenuate symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Life-threatening loperamide toxicity can result from the relatively new clinical syndrome of loperamide-induced cardiac toxicity. These patients are often young and may present in cardiac arrest or with unheralded, recurrent syncope in conjunction with ECG abnormalities, including marked QT-interval prolongation, QRS-interval widening, and ventricular dysrhythmias...
May 13, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482930/fatal-monomorphic-ventricular-tachycardia-in-a-semi-urban-setting-in-cameroon-a-case-report
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Clovis Nkoke, Engelbert Bain Luchuo, Laetitia Dikoume
BACKGROUND: Ventricular tachycardia is a life threatening cardiac arrhythmia. It needs management with defibrillation, without which, immediate death may occur. CASE PRESENTATION: A 66 year old black African patient with a 2 year history of hypertension was admitted to the emergency department of the Buea Regional hospital, a semi-urban setting in Cameroon, after presenting with syncope while in church. The wife described a similar episode 2 weeks prior without any further evaluation...
May 8, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482805/management-of-potentially-life-threatening-emergencies-at-74-primary-level-hospitals-in-mongolia-results-of-a-prospective-observational-multicenter-study
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Naranpurev Mendsaikhan, Davaa Gombo, Ganbold Lundeg, Christian Schmittinger, Martin W Dünser
BACKGROUND: While the capacities to care for and epidemiology of emergency and critically ill patients have been reported for secondary and tertiary level hospitals in Mongolia, no data exist for Mongolian primary level hospitals. METHODS: In this prospective, observational multicenter study, 74 primary level hospitals of Mongolia were included. We determined the capacities of these hospitals to manage medical emergencies. Furthermore, characteristics of patients presenting with potentially life-threatening emergencies to these hospitals were evaluated during a 6 month period...
May 8, 2017: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475561/adverse-event-rates-change-favorably-over-time-for-patients-bridged-with-the-heartware-left-ventricular-assist-device
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Simon Maltais, Keith D Aaronson, Jeffrey J Teuteberg, Mark S Slaughter, Samer S Najjar, Valluvan Jeevanandam, Duc T Pham, Ed McGee, Katrin Leadley, Robert L Kormos
The HeartWare Ventricular Assist System (HVAD) provides significant improvements in survival and quality of life, and here, we seek to evaluate temporal differences in the adverse event (AE) rates. Patients (n = 382) in the ADVANCE bridge-to-transplant and continued access protocol trial were assessed for bleeding, cardiac arrhythmia, infection, ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, and right heart failure during predetermined time periods (≤30, >30-180, >180-365, >365-730, >730-1,095 days) after HVAD implant...
May 4, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471147/clinical-cardiac-imaging-in-cardiac-arrest-and-periarrest
#16
Antonio F Amico
Echocardiography during preresuscitation care, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and postresuscitation is suggested to be an important tool in critical care medicine. At present a structured process integrating advanced life support and transtoracic echocardiography is not included in guidelines of cardiac resuscitation. However identification and treatment of reversible causes or complicating factors during cardiopulmonary resuscitation is rational and aimed to improve the outcomes. Furthermore, echocardiography has the potential to define the efficiency of the chest compressions and the optimal duration of the resuscitation maneuvers and/or the right time to switch to extracorporeal resuscitation...
May 3, 2017: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432166/the-lazarus-phenomenon-spontaneous-cardioversion-after-termination-of-resuscitation-in-a-scottish-hospital
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Benjamin Spowage-Delaney, Christopher T Edmunds, Jamie G Cooper
A 66-year-old man suffered a ventricular fibrillation cardiac arrest after an episode of chest pain. Despite advanced life support, his condition deteriorated; the situation was considered irrecoverable and resuscitation was discontinued. The patient was observed for about 5 min with irregular agonal gasping respirations evident but no palpable pulse. A gradual increase in the regularity of breathing pattern heralded the return of spontaneous circulation. An inferior myocardial infarction was diagnosed. Primary percutaneous coronary intervention was performed...
April 21, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432006/stepwise-use-of-circulatory-support-devices-in-a-patient-refractory-to-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation
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Marco Spartera, Richard J Jabbour, Mauro Chiarito, Michele De Bonis, Federico Pappalardo
This case describes the management of a patient admitted to an emergency department with general malaise, who deteriorated into cardiac arrest and refractory to advanced life support measures. After extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (eCPR) with veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in association with an Impella 2.5 device, the patient underwent cardiac surgery (tissue aortic valve replacement, coronary artery bypass grafting and implantation of short-term paracorporeal left ventricular assist device)...
April 8, 2017: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414559/evaluating-the-cost-and-utility-of-mandating-schools-to-stock-epinephrine-auto-injectors
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Chelsea Steffens, Benjamin Clement, William Fales, Ahel El Haj Chehade, Kevin Putman, Robert Swor
BACKGROUND: The Michigan Legislature mandated that all public schools stock epinephrine auto-injectors (EAIs). A minimal amount is known regarding the incremental value of EAIs in schools. Our primary objective was to describe the frequency of administration of epinephrine for EMS patients with acute allergic reactions in public schools. Our secondary objective was to estimate the cost of mandating public schools to stock EAIs. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of EMS cases with an impression of allergic reaction and who received epinephrine recorded in the 2014 Michigan EMS Information System (MI-EMSIS)...
April 17, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414164/a-pre-hospital-extracorporeal-cardio-pulmonary-resuscitation-ecpr-strategy-for-treatment-of-refractory-out-hospital-cardiac-arrest-an-observational-study-and-propensity-analysis
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Lionel Lamhaut, Alice Hutin, Etienne Puymirat, Jérome Jouan, Jean-Herlé Raphalen, Romain Jouffroy, Murielle Jaffry, Christelle Dagron, Kim An, Florence Dumas, Eloi Marijon, Wulfran Bougouin, Jean-Pierre Tourtier, Frédéric Baud, Xavier Jouven, Nicolas Danchin, Christian Spaulding, Pierre Carli
BACKGROUND: Out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) mortality rates remain very high with poor neurological outcome in survivors. Extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR) is one of the treatments of refractory OHCA. This study used data from the mobile intensive care unit (MOICU) as part of the emergency medical system of Paris, and included all consecutive patients treated with ECPR (including pre-hospital ECPR) from 2011 to 2015 for the treatment of refractory OHCA, comparing two historical ECPR management strategies...
April 14, 2017: Resuscitation
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