Author: Nick Hatch, M.D.
- CPR-induced consciousness is a phenomenon that occurs when someone who was previously unconscious and is undergoing CPR regains consciousness and makes purposeful movements.
- Studies have shown that this phenomenon is increasing, likely because of increased quality of CPR.
- Many people use a sedative such as ketamine to keep patients unconscious to reduce the psychologic trauma of CPR.
- 39% of people who survive CPR with good neurologic details remember the process of CPR.
Joshua Pound, P. Richard Verbeek, and Sheldon Cheske. CPR Induced Consciousness During Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: A Case Report on an Emerging Phenomenon. 2017. Prehospital Emergency Care Vol. 21.