Aim of study: Interruptions in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), particularly as guided by automated external defibrillators, have been implicated in poor survival from cardiac arrest. Interruptions of CPR may be reduced by eliminating repetition of shocks between periods of CPR, elimination of the interval for patient assessment before CPR, and extension of the periods of CPR. Materials and methods: The effects of exclusion of a 30 s post-shock assessment interval prior to CPR and use of a longer interval (180 s versus 90 s) of CPR on resuscitation and post-resuscitation function were assessed in a factorial design using an established swine model of cardiac arrest. Repetitive shocks were excluded. Ventricular fibrillation was induced ischemically and maintained untreated for 5 min. Results: All subjects were resuscitated, 95% survived 3 days, and 97% of survivors had full neurological recovery. Exclusion of the assessment interval reduced the delay to first return of spontaneous circulation by 33.1 s (P = 0.004) and the delay to sustained resuscitation by 99.2 s (P = 0.004), reduced post-resuscitation ECG ST elevation by 0.12 mV (P = 0.03), and alleviated transient post-resuscitation ejection fraction reduction (P <0.0001). Extension of the CPR interval reduced transient post-resuscitation fractional area change impairment (P = 0.003). Conclusions: Exclusion of an interval for assessment of airway, breathing and signs of circulation mitigates post-resuscitation dysfunction in a swine model of cardiac arrest. Extension of the period of CPR independently provides measurable, though less comprehensive, mitigation as well.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2008|
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine