Mackenney, J. & Soar, J. Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine. Available online: 18 January 2016
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.
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