Podcast #264: Witnessed Cardiac Arrest - The Emergency Medical Minute

Author: Aaron Lessen, M.D.

Educational Pearls

  • For patients with in-hospital cardiac arrest, intubation in the 1st 15 minutes of resuscitation was associated with worse outcomes (mortality, neurologic outcome). This is likely due to cessation of high-quality CPR and defibrillation during the intubation sequence.
  • In those with an in-hospital, shockable, cardiac arrest, administration of epinephrine before the 2nd defibrillatory shock was associated with worse outcome. This was likely due to the cessation of high-quality CPR.
  • For in-hospital cardiac arrest, resuscitation should focus on high-quality CPR.

References: Andersen LW, Granfeldt A, Callaway CW, Bradley SM, Soar J, Nolan JP, Kurth T, Donnino MW, for the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Resuscitation Investigators. Association Between Tracheal Intubation During Adult In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest and Survival. JAMA. 2017;317(5):494–506. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.20165

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