Clinical assessment of patients undergoing CPR in the emergency department

G. P. Lilja, M. Hill, E. Ruiz, J. Clinton

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A problem frequently encountered in the emergency department is assessing the effectiveness of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), particularly when it is continued over a period of time. To evaluate the effectiveness of CPR in authors' emergency department the authors use a mechanical cardiopulmonary resuscitator together with early invasive monitoring of pulse and blood pressure. This also allows for frequent monitoring of blood gases. Three patients are presented who underwent longterm CPR (ie, longer than one hour), and invasive monitoring. Results indicate that better management of the clinical status of patients undergoing prolonged resuscitation can be obtained by using continuous blood pressure and pulse monitoring, and frequent blood gas analysis. In addition, when frequent arrhythmias are taking place, this system allows for better determination of appropriate procedures and medications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-83
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Univ. Ass. for Emergency Med. Services
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1979


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