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Where no guideline has gone before: Retrospective analysis of resuscitation in the 24th century.
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PMID:  25457378     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
AIM OF THE STUDY: Evaluation of the treatment, epidemiology and outcome of cardiac arrest in the television franchise Star Trek.
METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of prospective events. Screening of all episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager for cardiac arrest events. Documentation was performed according to the Utstein guidelines for cardiac arrest documentation. All adult, single-person cardiac arrests were included. Patients were excluded if cardiac arrest occurred during mass casualties, if the victims were annihilated by energy weapons or were murdered and nobody besides the assassin could provide first aid. Epidemiological data, treatment and outcome of cardiac arrest victims in the 24th century were studied.
RESULTS: Ninety-six cardiac arrests were included. Twenty-three individuals were female (24%). Cardiac arrest was witnessed in 91 cases (95%), trauma was the leading cause (n=38; 40%). Resuscitation was initiated in 17 cases (18%) and 12 patients (13%) had return of spontaneous circulation. Favorable neurological outcome and long-term survival was documented in nine patients (9%). Technically diagnosed cardiac arrest was associated with higher rates of favorable neurological outcome and long-term survival. Neurological outcome and survival did not depend on cardiac arrest location.
CONCLUSION: Cardiac arrest remains a critical event in the 24th century. We observed a change of etiology from cardiac toward traumatic origin. Quick access to medical help and new prognostic tools were established to treat cardiac arrest.
David Hörburger; Julia Haslinger; Hubert Bickel; Nikolaus Graf; Andreas Schober; Christoph Testori; Christoph Weiser; Fritz Sterz; Moritz Haugk
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-10-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  Resuscitation     Volume:  85     ISSN:  1873-1570     ISO Abbreviation:  Resuscitation     Publication Date:  2014 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-12-2     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  2014-12-3    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0332173     Medline TA:  Resuscitation     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  1790-1794     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
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