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Full Recovery after Prolonged Cardiac Arrest and Resuscitation with Mechanical Chest Compression Device during Helicopter Transportation and Percutaneous Coronary Intervention.
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PMID:  25300208     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Despite early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by bystanders and early advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) maneuvers, some patients present to the emergency department with persistent cardiac arrest caused by a coronary artery occlusion. Although emergency percutaneous intervention (PCI) has been shown to be effective in improving survival, transporting patients in cardiac arrest to the hospital is not considered to be effective, due to the poor quality of CPR in the ambulance. In the case reported here, a mechanical chest compression device was used while transporting the patient by helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS).
CASE REPORT: A mechanical chest compression device was used to deliver chest compressions to a 53-year-old man in cardiac arrest. This device permitted the transfer of the patient by HEMS helicopter to the catheterization laboratory facility for a PCI. Return of spontaneous circulation was achieved 115 min after cardiac arrest and the patient survived without any neurological deficit. WHY SHOULD AN EMERGENCY PHYSICIAN BE AWARE OF THIS?: The mechanical chest compression device has permitted safe and effective CPR during helicopter transportation. Although this is only a single case, it may present a new perspective for the treatment of prehospital cardiac arrest that is refractory to ACLS therapies.
Alessandro Forti; Giovanna Zilio; Paolo Zanatta; Marialuisa Ferramosca; Cristiano Gatto; Antonio Gheno; Paolo Rosi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-10-6
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of emergency medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0736-4679     ISO Abbreviation:  J Emerg Med     Publication Date:  2014 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-10-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  2014-10-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8412174     Medline TA:  J Emerg Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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