The present and future of cardiac arrest care: international experts reach out to caregivers and healthcare authorities

Jerry P. Nolan, Robert A. Berg, Clifton W. Callaway, Laurie J. Morrison, Vinay Nadkarni, Gavin D. Perkins, Claudio Sandroni, Markus B. Skrifvars, Jasmeet Soar, Kjetil Sunde, Alain Cariou

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this review is to describe the epidemiology of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), disparities in organisation and outcome, recent advances in treatment and ongoing controversies. We also outline the standard of care that should be provided by the critical care specialist and propose future directions for cardiac arrest research. Methods: Narrative review with contributions from international resuscitation experts. Results: Although it is recognised that survival rates from OHCA are increasing there is considerable scope for improvement and many countries have implemented national strategies in an attempt to achieve this goal. More resources are required to enable high-quality randomised trials in resuscitation. Conclusions: Increasing international collaboration should facilitate resuscitation research and knowledge translation. The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) has adopted a continuous evidence review process, which facilitate the implementation of resuscitation interventions proven to improve patient outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)823-832
Number of pages10
JournalIntensive Care Medicine
Volume44
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2018

Keywords

  • Cardiac arrest
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Post-resuscitation care
  • Prognostication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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