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End tital CO2

D Mauer, T Schneider, D Elich, W Dick
In a prospective randomised study we investigated end-tidal carbon dioxide levels during standard versus active compression-decompression (ACD) cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) assuming that the end-tital carbon dioxide reflects cardiac output during resuscitation. In each group 60 patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest were treated either with the standard or the ACD method. End-tidal CO2 (p(et)CO2, mmHg) was assessed with a side-stream capnometer following intubation and then every 2 min up to 10 min or restoration of spontaneous circulation (ROSC)...
October 1998: Resuscitation
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