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Traumatic cardiac arrest: who are the survivors?

Authors
  • Lockey, David
  • Crewdson, Kate
  • Davies, Gareth
Type
Published Article
Journal
Annals of Emergency Medicine
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2006
Volume
48
Issue
3
Pages
240–244
Identifiers
PMID: 16934644
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The survival rates described are poor but comparable with (or better than) published survival rates for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest of any cause. Patients who arrest after hypoxic insults and those who undergo out-of-hospital thoracotomy after penetrating trauma have a higher chance of survival. Patients with hypovolemia as the primary cause of arrest rarely survive. Adherence to recently published guidelines may result in withholding resuscitation in a small number of patients who have a chance of survival.

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