European resuscitation council guidelines for resuscitation 2015: section 4. cardiac arrest in special circumstances

Contents lists available at European Resuscitation Council Guidelines for Resuscitation 2015 Section 4. Cardiac arrest in special circumstances Anatolij Truhláˇr , Charles D. Deakin , Jasmeet Soar , Gamal Eldin Abbas Khalifa , Annette Alfonzo , Joost J.L.M. Bierens , Guttorm Brattebø , Hermann Brugger , Joel Dunning , Silvija Hunyadi-Antiˇcevi ´c , Rudolph W. Koster , David J. Lockey , Carsten Lott , Peter Paal , Gavin D. Perkins , Claudio Sandroni , Karl-Christian Thies , David A. Zideman , Jerry P. Nolan , on behalf of the Cardiac arrest in special circumstances section a Emergency Medical Services of the Hradec Králové Region, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic b Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital Hradec Králové, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic c Cardiac Anaesthesia and Cardiac Intensive Care, NIHR Southampton Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit, Southampton University Hospital NHS Trust, d Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Southmead Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust, Bristol, UK e Emergency and Disaster Medicine, Six October University Hospital, Cairo, Egypt f Departments of Renal and Internal Medicine, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Fife, UK g Society to Rescue People from Drowning, Amsterdam, The Netherlands h Bergen Emergency Medical Services, Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway i EURAC Institute of Mountain Emergency Medicine, Bozen, Italy j Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK k Center for Emergency Medicine, Clinical Hospital Center Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia l Department of Cardiology, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands m Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia, Southmead Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust, Bristol, UK n Department of Anesthesiology, University Medical Center, Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet, Mainz, Germany o Barts Heart Centre, St Bartholomew's Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK p Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, University Hospital Innsbruck, Austria q Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK r Critical Care Unit, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK s Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Catholic University School of Medicine, Rome, Italy t Birmingham Children's Hospital, Birmingham, UK u Department of Anaesthetics, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK v Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Royal United Hospital, Bath, UK w School of Clinical Sciences, University of Bristol, UK special causes, special environments and special patients. The first part covers treatment of potentially reversible causes of car- Irrespective of the cause of cardiac arrest, early recognition and diac arrest, for which specific treatment exists, and which must calling for help, including appropriate management of the deteri- be identified or excluded during any resuscitation. For improv- orating patient, early defibrillation, high-quality cardiopulmonary ing recall during ALS, these are divided into two groups of four, resuscitation (CPR) with minimal interruption of chest compres- based upon their initial letter – either H or T – and are called sions and treatment of reversible causes, are the most important the ‘4Hs and 4Ts': Hypoxia; Hypo-/hyperkalaemia and other elec- trolyte disorders; Hypo-/hyperthermia; Hypovolaemia; Tension In certain conditions, however, advanced life support (ALS) pneumothorax; Tamponade (cardiac); Thrombosis (coronary and guidelines require modification. The following guidelines for resus- pulmonary); Toxins (poisoning). The second part covers cardiac citation in special circumstances are divided into three parts: arrest in special environments, where universal guidelines have to be modified due to specific locations or location-specific causes of cardiac arrest. The third part is focused on patients with spe- cific conditions, and those with certain long-term comorbidities E-mail address: (A. Truhláˇr).
1 The members of the Cardiac arrest in special circumstances section Collaborators where a modified approach and different treatment decisions may are listed in the Collaborators section.
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A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 Summary of changes since 2010 Guidelines
cardiac arrest. A new section covers the common causes and rel- evant modification to resuscitative procedures in this group of The main changes in the ERC Guidelines 2015 in comparison with the Guidelines summarised below: • Cardiac arrest following major cardiac surgery is relatively com- mon in the immediate post-operative phase. Key to successful resuscitation is recognition of the need to perform emergency • Survival after an asphyxia-induced cardiac arrest is rare and sur- resternotomy, especially in the context of tamponade or hae- vivors often have severe neurological impairment. During CPR, morrhage, where external chest compressions may be ineffective.
early effective ventilation of the lungs with supplementary oxy- Resternotomy should be performed within 5 min if other inter- gen is essential.
ventions have failed.
• A high degree of clinical suspicion and aggressive treatment can • Cardiac arrest from shockable rhythms (Ventricular Fibrillation prevent cardiac arrest from electrolyte abnormalities. The new (VF) or pulseless Ventricular Tachycardia (pVT)) during car- algorithm provides clinical guidance to emergency treatment of diac catheterisation should immediately be treated with up to three stacked shocks before starting chest compressions. Use • Hypothermic patients without signs of cardiac instability of mechanical chest compression devices during angiography is (systolic blood pressure ≥90 mmHg, absence of ventricular recommended to ensure high-quality chest compressions and arrhythmias or core temperature ≥28 ◦C) can be rewarmed exter- reduce the radiation burden to personnel during angiography nally using minimally invasive techniques (e.g. with warm forced with ongoing CPR.
air and warm intravenous fluid). Patients with signs of cardiac • In dental surgery, do not move the patient from the dental chair instability should be transferred directly to a centre capable of in order to start CPR. Quickly recline the dental chair into a hor- extracorporeal life support (ECLS).
izontal position and place a stool under the head of the chair to • Early recognition and immediate treatment with intramuscular increase its stability during CPR.
adrenaline remains the mainstay of emergency treatment for • The in-flight use of AEDs aboard commercial airplanes can result in up to 50% survival to hospital discharge. AEDs and appropriate • The mortality from traumatic cardiac arrest (TCA) is very high.
CPR equipment should be mandatory on board of all commer- The most common cause of death is haemorrhage. It is recognised cial aircraft in Europe, including regional and low-cost carriers.
that most survivors do not have hypovolaemia, but instead have Consider an over-the-head technique of CPR if restricted access other reversible causes (hypoxia, tension pneumothorax, cardiac precludes a conventional method, e.g. in the aisle.
tamponade) that must be immediately treated. The new treat- • The incidence of cardiac arrest on board helicopter emergency ment algorithm for TCA was developed to prioritise the sequence medical services (HEMS) and air ambulances is low. Importance of life-saving measures. Chest compressions should not delay the of pre-flight preparation and use of mechanical chest compres- treatment of reversible causes. Cardiac arrests of non-traumatic sion devices are emphasised.
origin leading to a secondary traumatic event should be recog- • Sudden and unexpected collapse of an athlete on the field of play nised and treated with standard algorithms.
is likely to be cardiac in origin and requires rapid recognition and • There is limited evidence for recommending the routine trans- port of patients with continuing CPR after out-of-hospital cardiac • The duration of submersion is a key determinant of outcome arrest (OHCA) of suspected cardiac origin. Transport may be ben- from drowning. Submersion exceeding 10 min is associated with eficial in selected patients where there is immediate hospital poor outcome. Bystanders play a critical role in early rescue and access to the catheterisation laboratory and an infrastructure resuscitation. Resuscitation strategies for those in respiratory or providing prehospital and in-hospital teams experienced in cardiac arrest continue to prioritise oxygenation and ventilation.
mechanical or haemodynamic support and percutaneous coro- • The chances of good outcome from cardiac arrest in diffi- nary intervention (PCI) with ongoing CPR.
cult terrain or mountains may be reduced because of delayed • Recommendations for administration of fibrinolytics when pul- access and prolonged transport. There is a recognised role of monary embolism is the suspected cause of cardiac arrest remain air rescue and availability of AEDs in remote but often-visited unchanged. Routine use of surgical embolectomy or mechani- cal thrombectomy when pulmonary embolism is the suspected • The cut-off criteria for prolonged CPR and extracorporeal cause of cardiac arrest is not recommended. Consider these rewarming of avalanche victims in cardiac arrest are more methods only when there is a known diagnosis of pulmonary stringent to reduce the number of futile cases treated with extra- corpoereal life support (ECLS). ECLS is indicated if the duration • Routine use of gastric lavage for gastrointestinal decontamina- of burial is >60 min (instead of >35 min), core temperature at tion in poisoning is no longer recommended. Reduced emphasis extrication is <30 ◦C (instead of <32 ◦C), and serum potassium is placed on hyperbaric oxygen therapy in carbon monoxide poi- at hospital admission is ≤8 mmol L−1 (instead of ≤12 mmol L−1); otherwise standard guidelines apply.
• Safety measures are emphasised when providing CPR to the vic- Special environments tim of an electrical injury.
• Recommendations for management of multiple victims should • The special environments section includes recommendations for prevent delay of treatment available for salvageable victims dur- treatment of cardiac arrest occurring in specific locations. These ing mass casualty incidents (MCIs). Safety at scene is paramount.
locations are specialised healthcare facilities (e.g. operating the- A triage system should be used to prioritise treatment and, if the atre, cardiac surgery, catheterisation laboratory, dialysis unit, number of casualties overwhelms healthcare resources, withhold dental surgery), commercial airplanes or air ambulances, field of CPR for those without signs of life.
play, outside environment (e.g. drowning, difficult terrain, high altitude, avalanche burial, lightning strike and electrical injuries) or the scene of a mass casualty incident.
• Patients undergoing surgical procedures involving general anaes- • The section on special patients gives guidance for CPR in thesia, particularly in emergencies, are at risk from perioperative patients with severe comorbidities (asthma, heart failure with A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 ventricular assist devices, neurological disease, obesity) and Safar, complete airway obstruction after breathing air will result those with specific physiological conditions (pregnancy, elderly in PEA cardiac arrest in 5–10 rarely the first monitored rhythm after asphyxial cardiac arrest – in one of the largest series of • The first line treatment for acute asthma is inhaled beta-2 ago- hanging-associated out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCAs), from nists while intravenous beta-2 agonists are suggested only for Melbourne, Australia, just 7 (0.5%) of 1321 patients were in VF.
those patients in whom inhaled therapy cannot be used reliably.
Inhaled magnesium is no longer recommended.
• In patients with ventricular assist devices (VADs), confirmation Treating the cause of the asphyxia/hypoxaemia is the highest of cardiac arrest may be difficult. If during the first 10 days after priority because this is a potentially reversible cause of the car- surgery, cardiac arrest does not respond to defibrillation, perform diac arrest. Effective ventilation with supplementary oxygen is a particular priority in these patients. The better outcomes for OHCA • Patients with subarachnoid haemorrhage may have ECG changes victims receiving compression-only CPRnot the case for asphyx- that suggest an acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Whether a com- ial cardiac arrests, which have much better survival rates with puted tomography (CT) brain scan is done before or after coronary conventional CPR.the standard ALS algorithm when resus- angiography will depend on clinical judgement regarding the citating these patients.
likelihood of a subarachnoid haemorrhage versus acute coronary • No changes to the sequence of actions are recommended in resus- Survival after cardiac arrest from asphyxia is rare and most sur- citation of obese patients, although delivery of effective CPR may vivors sustain severe neurological injury. Of five published series be challenging. Consider changing rescuers more frequently than that included a total of 286 patients with cardiac arrest follow- the standard 2-min interval. Early tracheal intubation by an expe- ing hanging where CPR was attempted (this was attempted in rienced provider is recommended.
only about 16% of cases), there were just six (2%) survivors with • For the pregnant woman in cardiac arrest, high-quality CPR with a full recovery; 11 other survivors all had severe permanent brain manual uterine displacement, early ALS and delivery of the fetus one third (89; 31%) of these 286 patients, rescuers if early return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) is not achieved were able to achieve ROSC – thus when CPR is attempted, ROSC remain key interventions.
is not uncommon but subsequent neurologically intact survival is rare. Those who are unconscious but have not progressed to a A – SPECIAL CAUSES
cardiac arrest are much more likely to make a good neurological Hypo-/hyperkalaemia and other electrolyte disorders
Cardiac arrest caused by pure hypoxaemia is uncommon. It is seen more commonly as a consequence of asphyxia, which accounts Electrolyte abnormalities can cause cardiac arrhythmias or for most of the non-cardiac causes of cardiac arrest. There are many cardiac arrest. Life-threatening arrhythmias are associated most causes of asphyxial cardiac arrest although there is commonly with potassium disorders, particularly hyperkalaemia, usually a combination of hypoxaemia and hypercarbia, it is the and less commonly with disorders of serum calcium and hypoxaemia that ultimately causes cardiac arrest.
magnesium. Consider electrolyte disturbances in patient groups at risk – renal failure, severe burns, cardiac failure and diabetes If breathing is completely prevented by airway obstruction or The electrolyte values for definitions have been chosen as a apnoea, consciousness will be lost when oxygen saturation in guide to clinical decision-making. The precise values that trigger the arterial blood reaches about 60%. The time taken to reach treatment decisions will depend on the patient's clinical condition this concentration is difficult to predict, but is likely to be of the and rate of change of electrolyte values. There is little or no evi- order 1–2 min.on animal experiments of cardiac arrest dence for the treatment of electrolyte abnormalities during cardiac caused by asphyxia, pulseless electrical activity (PEA) will occur arrest. Guidance during cardiac arrest is based on the strategies in 3–11 min. Asystole will ensue several minutes later.compar- used in the non-arrest patient.
ison with simple apnoea, the exaggerated respiratory movements that frequently accompany airway obstruction will increase oxy- Prevention of electrolyte disorders gen consumption resulting in more rapid arterial blood oxygen When possible, identify and treat life-threatening electrolyte desaturation and a shorter time to cardiac arrest. According to abnormalities before cardiac arrest occurs. Monitor renal function in patients at risk and avoid combination of drugs that may exac- Table 4.1
erbate hyperkalaemia. Prevent recurrence of electrolyte disorders Causes of asphyxial cardiac arrest by removing any precipitating factors (e.g. drugs, diet).
Airway obstruction: soft tissues (coma), laryngospasm, aspiration Potassium disorders Potassium homeostasis. Extracellular potassium concentration is Central hypoventilation – brain or spinal cord injury regulated tightly between 3.5 and 5.0 mmol L−1. A large con- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease centration gradient normally exists between intracellular and extracellular fluid compartments. This potassium gradient across cell membranes contributes to the excitability of nerve and muscle cells, including the myocardium. Evaluation of serum potassium Impaired alveolar ventilation from neuromuscular disease must take into consideration the effects of changes in serum pH.
Tension pneumothorax When serum pH decreases (acidaemia), serum potassium increases because potassium shifts from the cellular to the vascular space; a Traumatic asphyxia or compression asphyxia (e.g. crowd crush) process that is reversed when serum pH increases (alkalaemia).
A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 Hyperkalaemia. This is the most common electrolyte disorder asso- • first degree heart block (prolonged PR interval >0.2 s); ciated with cardiac arrest. It is usually caused by impaired excretion • flattened or absent P waves; by the kidneys, drugs or increased potassium release from cells • tall, peaked (tented) T waves (i.e. T wave larger than R wave in and metabolic acidosis. Hyperkalaemia occurs in up to 10% of more than 1 lead); hospitalised kidney disease (CKD) is com- • ST-segment depression; mon in the general population and the incidence of hyperkalaemia • S & T wave merging (sine wave pattern); increases from 2 to 42% as glomerular filtration rate (GFR) drops • widened QRS (>0.12 s); from 60 to 20 mL min−1with end-stage renal disease • ventricular tachycardia; are particularly susceptible, particularly following an OHCA.
longed hyperkalaemia is an independent risk factor for in-hospital • cardiac arrest (PEA, VF/pVT, asystole).
Acute hyperkalaemia is more likely than chronic Treatment of hyperkalaemia.
There are five key treatment hyperkalaemia to cause life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias or cardiac arrest.
• cardiac protection; There is no universal definition. We have defined • shifting potassium into cells; hyperkalaemia as a serum potassium concentration higher than • removing potassium from the body; 5.5 mmol L−1; in practice, hyperkalaemia is a continuum. As the • monitoring serum potassium and blood glucose; potassium concentration increases above this value the risk of • prevention of recurrence.
adverse events increases and the need for urgent treatment increases. Severe hyperkalaemia has been defined as a serum potas- When hyperkalaemia is strongly suspected, e.g. in the presence sium concentration higher than 6.5 mmol L−1.
of ECG changes, start life-saving treatment even before laboratory The main causes of hyperkalaemia are: results are available. The treatment strategy for hyperkalaemia has been reviewed the hyperkalaemia renal failure (i.e. acute kidney injury or chronic kidney disease); emergency treatment algorithm salbutamol drugs (e.g. angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE-I), monotherapy, which may be ineffective. There is insufficient evi- angiotensin II receptor antagonists (ARB), potassium-sparing dence to support the use of sodium bicarbonate to decrease serum diuretics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, beta-blockers, potassium. Consider the need for early specialist or critical care tissue breakdown (e.g. rhabdomyolysis, tumour lysis, haemoly- The main risks associated with treatment of hyperkalaemia are: metabolic acidosis (e.g. renal failure, diabetic ketoacidosis); Hypoglycaemia following insulin-glucose administration (usu- • endocrine disorders (e.g. Addison's disease); ally occurs within 1–3 h of treatment, but may occur up to 6 h • diet (may be sole cause in patients with advanced chronic kidney after blood glucose and treat hypoglycaemia spurious – pseudo-hyperkalaemia (suspect in cases with normal Tissue necrosis secondary to extravasation of intravenous cal- renal function, normal ECG and/or history of haematological dis- cium salts. Ensure secure vascular access prior to administration.
order). Pseudo-hyperkalaemia describes the finding of a raised Intestinal necrosis or obstruction following use of potassium serum (clotted blood) K+ value concurrently with a normal exchange resins. Avoid prolonged use of resins and give laxative.
plasma (non-clotted blood) potassium value. The clotting process Rebound hyperkalaemia after the effect of drug treatment has releases K+ from cells and platelets, which increases the serum worn off (i.e. within 4–6 h). Continue to monitor serum potassium K+ concentration by an average of 0.4 mmol/L. The most common for a minimum of 24 h after an episode.
cause of pseudo-hyperkalaemia is a prolonged transit time to the Patient not in cardiac arrest laboratory or poor storage conditions.
The risk of hyperkalaemia is even greater when there is a Use systematic ABCDE approach and correct any abnormalities, combination of factors such as the concomitant use of angiotensin- obtain IV access.
converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin II receptor blockers Check serum potassium.
and potassium-sparing diuretics.
Record an ECG.
Monitor cardiac rhythm in patients with severe hyperkalaemia.
Recognition of hyperkalaemia.
Exclude hyperkalaemia in all Treatment is determined according to severity of hyperkalaemia.
patients with an arrhythmia or cardiac arrest. Patients may present Approximate values are provided to guide treatment. Follow with weakness progressing to flaccid paralysis, paraesthesia, or hyperkalaemia emergency treatment algorithm ( depressed deep tendon reflexes. Alternatively, the clinical picture can be overshadowed by the primary illness causing hyper- Mild elevation (5.5–5.9 mmol L−1).
kalaemia. The first indicator of hyperkalaemia may also be the • Address cause of hyperkalaemia to correct and avoid further rise presence of ECG abnormalities, arrhythmias, or cardiac arrest. The in serum potassium (e.g. drugs, diet).
use of a blood gas analyser to measure potassium can reduce delays • If treatment is indicated, remove potassium from the body: in recognition.
potassium exchange resins-calcium resonium 15–30 g, or sodium The effect of hyperkalaemia on the ECG depends on the abso- polystyrene sulfonate (Kayexalate) 15–30 g, given either orally or lute serum potassium as well as the rate of reported by retention enema/PR (per rectum) (onset in >4 h).
frequency of ECG changes in severe hyperkalaemia is variable, but most patients appear to show ECG abnormalities at a serum potas- Moderate elevation (6.0–6.4 mmol L−1) without ECG changes.
sium concentration higher than 6.7 mmol L−1presence of • Shift potassium intracellularly with glucose/insulin: 10 units ECG changes strongly correlates with mortality.some cases, short-acting insulin and 25 g glucose IV over 15–30 min (onset the ECG may be normal or show atypical changes including ST in 15–30 min; maximal effect at 30–60 min; duration of action 4–6 h; monitor blood glucose).
The ECG changes associated with hyperkalaemia are usually • Remove potassium from the body (see above; consider dialysis progressive and include: guided by clinical setting).
A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 Fig. 4.1. Emergency treatment of hyperkalaemia. PR per rectum; ECG electrocardiogram; VT ventricular tachycardia.
Reproduced with permission from Renal Association and Resuscitation Council (UK).
Severe elevation (≥6.5 mmol L−1) without ECG changes.
• Protect the heart with calcium chloride: 10 mL 10% cal- • Seek expert help.
cium chloride IV over 2–5 min to antagonise the toxic • Give glucose/insulin (see above).
• Give salbutamol 10–20 mg nebulised (onset in 15–30 min; dura- brane. This protects the heart by reducing the risk of tion of action 4–6 h).
VF/pVT but does not lower serum potassium (onset in • Remove potassium from the body (consider dialysis).
• Use shifting agents (glucose/insulin and salbutamol).
Severe elevation (≥6.5 mmol L−1) with toxic ECG changes.
• Remove potassium from the body (consider dialysis at outset or • Seek expert help.
if refractory to medical treatment).
A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 Modifications to cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
• arrhythmias, especially if patient is taking digoxin; modifications to standard ALS guidelines are recommended in the • cardiac arrest (PEA, VF/pVT, asystole).
presence of severe hyperkalaemia: This depends on the severity of hypokalaemia Confirm hyperkalaemia using a blood gas analyser if available.
and the presence of symptoms and ECG abnormalities. Gradual Protect the heart: give 10 mL calcium chloride 10% IV by rapid replacement of potassium is preferable, but in an emergency, intra- bolus injection.
venous potassium is required. The maximum recommended IV Shift potassium into cells: Give glucose/insulin: 10 units short- dose of potassium is 20 mmol h−1, but more rapid infusion (e.g.
acting insulin and 25 g glucose IV by rapid injection. Monitor 2 mmol min−1 for 10 min, followed by 10 mmol over 5–10 min) is blood glucose.
indicated for unstable arrhythmias when cardiac arrest is immi- Give sodium bicarbonate: 50 mmol IV by rapid injection (if severe nent. Continuous ECG monitoring is essential during IV infusion acidosis or renal failure).
and the dose should be titrated after repeated sampling of serum Remove potassium from body: Consider dialysis for hyper- potassium levels.
kalaemic cardiac arrest resistant to medical treatment. Several Many patients who are potassium deficient are also deficient dialysis modalities have been used safely and effectively in car- in magnesium. Magnesium is important for potassium uptake and diac arrest, but this may only be available in specialist centres.
for the maintenance of intracellular potassium values, particularly Consider use of a mechanical chest compression device if pro- in the myocardium. Repletion of magnesium stores will facilitate longed CPR is needed.
more rapid correction of hypokalaemia and is recommended in Indications for dialysis.
The main indications for dialysis in patients with hyperkalaemia are: • severe life-threatening hyperkalaemia with or without ECG Calcium and magnesium disorders changes or arrhythmia; The recognition and management of calcium and magnesium • hyperkalaemia resistant to medical treatment; disorders is summarised in • end-stage renal disease; • oliguric acute kidney injury (<400 mL day−1 urine output); • marked tissue breakdown (e.g. rhabdomyolysis).
Accidental hypothermia Special considerations for management of cardiac arrest in a Definition. Every year approximately 1500 people die of pri- dialysis unit are addressed in the section Special environments (see mary accidental hypothermia in the United cardiac arrest in a dialysis unit).
hypothermia is defined as an involuntary drop of the body core temperature <35 ◦C. The Swiss staging system is used to estimate Hypokalaemia. Hypokalaemia is the most common electrolyte dis- core temperature at the scene. Its stages are based on clinical signs, order in clinical is seen in up to 20% of hospitalised which roughly correlate with the core temperature: increases the incidence of arrhythmias • hypothermia I; mild hypothermia (conscious, shivering, core and sudden cardiac death (SCD).risk is increased in patients temperature 35–32 ◦C); with pre-existing heart disease and in those treated with digoxin.
• hypothermia II; moderate hypothermia (impaired consciousness without shivering, core temperature 32–28 ◦C); Hypokalaemia is defined as a serum potassium level • hypothermia III; severe hypothermia (unconscious, vitals signs <3.5 mmol L−1. Severe hypokalaemia is defined as a serum potas- present, core temperature 28–24 ◦C); sium level <2.5 mmol L−1 and may be associated with symptoms.
• hypothermia IV; cardiac arrest or low flow state (no or minimal The main causes of hypokalaemia include: vital signs, core temperature <24 ◦C); gastrointestinal loss (e.g. diarrhoea); hypothermia V; death due to irreversible hypothermia (core tem- drugs (e.g. diuretics, laxatives, steroids); perature <13.7 ◦C).
renal losses (e.g. renal tubular disorders, diabetes insipidus, dial- Diagnosis. Hypothermia is diagnosed in any patient with a core endocrine disorders (e.g. Cushing's syndrome, hyperaldostero- temperature <35 ◦C, or where measurement unavailable, a history of exposure to cold, or when the trunk feels metabolic alkalosis; hypothermia may be under-diagnosed in countries with a temper- magnesium depletion; ate climate. When thermoregulation is impaired, for example, in poor dietary intake.
the elderly and very young, hypothermia may follow a mild insult.
Treatment strategies used for hyperkalaemia may also induce The risk of hypothermia is increased by alcohol or drug ingestion, exhaustion, illness, injury or neglect especially when there is a decrease in the level of consciousness.
Recognition of hypokalaemia.
Exclude hypokalaemia in every A low-reading thermometer is needed to measure the core tem- patient with an arrhythmia or cardiac arrest. In dialysis patients, perature and confirm the diagnosis. The core temperature in the hypokalaemia may occur at the end of a haemodialysis session or lower third of the oesophagus correlates well with heart tem- during treatment with peritoneal dialysis.
perature. Tympanic measurement using a thermistor technique As serum potassium concentration decreases, the nerves and is a reliable alternative but may be considerably lower than core muscles are predominantly affected, causing fatigue, weakness, temperature if the environment is very cold, the probe is not leg cramps, constipation. In severe cases (serum potassium well insulated, or the external auditory canal is filled with snow <2.5 mmol L−1), rhabdomyolysis, ascending paralysis and respira- or available tympanic thermometers based on tory difficulties may occur.
infrared technique do not seal the ear canal and are not designed for ECG features of hypokalaemia are: low core temperature core temperature measurement site should be the same throughout resuscitation • T wave flattening; and rewarming. Bladder and rectal temperatures lag behind core • ST segment changes; this reason, measurement of bladder and A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 Table 4.2
Calcium and magnesium disorders with associated clinical presentation, ECG manifestations and recommended treatment HypercalcaemiaCalcium > 2.6 mmol L−1 Primary or tertiary Short QT interval Fluid replacement IV Prolonged QRS interval Furosemide 1 mg kg−1 IV Hydrocortisone 200–300 mg IV Pamidronate 30–90 mg IV Treat underlying cause HypocalcaemiaCalcium < 2.1 mmol L−1 Chronic renal failure Prolonged QT interval Calcium chloride 10% 10–40 mL Acute pancreatitis Magnesium sulphate 50% Calcium channel blocker 4–8 mmol (if necessary) Toxic shock syndrome RhabdomyolysisTumour lysis syndrome HypermagnesaemiaMagnesium > 1.1 mmol L−1 Prolonged PR and QT Consider treatment when magnesium > 1.75 mmol L−1 Respiratory depression Calcium chloride 10% 5–10 mL repeated if necessary Ventilatory support if necessary Saline diuresis – 0.9% saline with furosemide 1 mg kg−1 IV HypomagnesaemiaMagnesium < 0.6 mmol L−1 Prolonged PR and QT Severe or symptomatic: 2 g 50% magnesium sulphate (4 mL; ST-segment depression 8 mmol) IV over 15 min Torsade de pointes: 2 g 50% Arrhythmias – torsade Flattened P waves magnesium sulphate (4 mL; Increased QRS duration 8 mmol) IV over 1–2 min Torsade de pointes Seizure: 2 g 50% magnesium sulphate (4 mL; 8 mmol) IV over rectal temperature has been de-emphasised in patients with severe the traditional guiding principle that ‘no one is dead until warm and dead' should be considered. In remote areas, the impracticali- ties of achieving rewarming have to be considered. In the hospital Decision to resuscitate. Cooling of the human body decreases cel- setting involve senior doctors and use clinical judgement to deter- lular oxygen consumption by about 6% per 1 ◦C decrease in mine when to stop resuscitating a hypothermic victim in cardiac core 28 ◦C, oxygen consumption is reduced by approximately 50% and at 22 ◦C by approximately 75%. At 18 ◦C the brain can tolerate cardiac arrest for up to 10 times longer than at Modifications to cardiopulmonary resuscitation 37 ◦C. This results in hypothermia exerting a protective effect on the • Do not delay careful tracheal intubation when it is indicated. The brain and heart,intact neurological recovery may be possible advantages of adequate oxygenation and protection from aspi- even after prolonged cardiac arrest if deep hypothermia develops ration outweigh the minimal risk of triggering VF by performing before asphyxia.
Beware of diagnosing death in a hypothermic patient because • Check for signs of life for up to 1 min. Palpate a central artery and hypothermia itself may produce a very slow, small-volume, assess the cardiac rhythm (if ECG monitor available). Echocardi- irregular pulse and unrecordable blood pressure. In a deeply ography, near-infrared spectroscopy or ultrasound with Doppler hypothermic patient (hypothermia IV) signs of life may be so mini- may be used to establish whether there is (an adequate) cardiac mal that it is easy to overlook them. Therefore, look for signs of life output or peripheral blood flow.there is any doubt, start for at least 1 min and use an ECG monitor to detect any electrical CPR immediately.
cardiac activity. Neurologically intact survival has been reported • Hypothermia can cause stiffness of the chest wall, making ven- after hypothermic cardiac arrest with a core temperature as low as tilations and chest compressions difficult. Consider the use of 13.7 ◦CCPR for as long as six and a half hours.
mechanical chest compression Intermittent CPR, as rescue allows, may also be of benefit.
• Once CPR is under way, confirm hypothermia with a low-reading continuous CPR cannot be delivered, a patient with hypothermic cardiac arrest and a core temperature <28 ◦C (or unknown), should • The hypothermic heart may be unresponsive to cardioac- receive 5 min of CPR, alternating with periods ≤5 min without CPR.
tive drugs, attempted electrical pacing and defibrillation. Drug Patients with a core temperature <20 ◦C, should receive 5 min of metabolism is slowed, leading to potentially toxic plasma con- CPR, alternating with periods ≤10 min without CPR.
centrations of any drug evidence for the efficacy In the prehospital setting, resuscitation should be withheld in of drugs in severe hypothermia is limited and based mainly hypothermic patients only if the cause of cardiac arrest is clearly on animal studies. For instance, in severe hypothermic cardiac attributable to a lethal injury, fatal illness, prolonged asphyxia, or arrest, the efficacy of amiodarone is reduced.may if the chest is all other hypothermic patients, be effective in increasing coronary perfusion pressure, but not A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 may also increase the chances of suc- for extracorporeal rewarming. In hypothermia V, reasons for with- cessful defibrillation, but with a core temperature <30 ◦C, sinus holding or terminating CPR should be investigated (e.g. obvious rhythm often degrades back into VF. Given that defibrillation signs of irreversible death, valid DNAR, conditions unsafe for res- and adrenaline may induce myocardial injury, it is reasonable cuer, avalanche burial ≥60 min and airway packed with snow and to withhold adrenaline, other CPR drugs and shocks until the asystole). In the absence of any of these signs, start CPR and transfer patient has been warmed to a core temperature ≥30 ◦C. Once the patient to an ECLS centre.
30 ◦C has been reached, the intervals between drug doses should be doubled when compared to normothermia (i.e. adrenaline In-hospital rewarming. Unless the patient goes into VF, rewarm every 6–10 min). As normothermia (≥35 ◦C) is approached, use using active external methods (i.e. with forced warm air) and standard drug protocols.
minimally invasively methods (i.e. with warm IV infusions). With a core temperature <32 ◦C and potassium <8 mmol L−1, consider Treatment of arrhythmias. As core temperature decreases, sinus ECLS ECLS rewarmings have been performed bradycardia tends to give way to atrial fibrillation followed by using cardiopulmonary bypass, but more recently, veno-arterial VF and finally asystole.other than VF tend to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) has become the revert spontaneously as core temperature increases, and usually preferred method due to its rapid availability, the need for less anti- do not require immediate treatment. Bradycardia is physiological in coagulation, and the potential to prolong cardiorespiratory support severe hypothermia. Cardiac pacing is not indicated unless brady- after rewarming.
cardia associated with haemodynamic compromise persists after If an ECLS centre is not available, rewarming may be attempted rewarming. The temperature at which defibrillation should firstly in hospital using a dedicated team and a combination of external be attempted, and how often it should be attempted in the severely and internal rewarming techniques (e.g. forced warm air, warm hypothermic patient, has not been established. If VF is detected, infusions, forced peritoneal lavage).
defibrillate according to standard protocols. If VF persists after three Continuous haemodynamic monitoring and warm IV fluids shocks, delay further attempts until core temperature is ≥30 ◦C.
are essential. Patients will require large volumes of fluids during CPR and rewarming may have to be continued for several hours to rewarming, as vasodilation causes expansion of the intravascular facilitate successful defibrillation.
space. Avoid hyperthermia during and after rewarming. Once ROSC has been achieved use standard post-resuscitation care.
Insulation. General measures for all victims include removal from the cold environment, prevention of further heat loss and rapid transfer to hospital.the field, a patient with moderate or severe Introduction. Hyperthermia occurs when the body's ability to ther- hypothermia (hypothermia ≥ II) should be immobilised and han- moregulate fails and core temperature exceeds that normally dled carefully, oxygenated adequately, monitored (including ECG maintained by homeostatic mechanisms. Hyperthermia may be and core temperature), and the whole body dried and insulated.
exogenous, caused by environmental conditions, or secondary to Remove wet clothes while minimising excessive movement of endogenous heat production.
the victim. Removal of wet clothing or use of a vapour barrier Environment-related hyperthermia occurs where heat, usually seems to be equally effective to limit heat loss.vic- in the form of radiant energy, is absorbed by the body at a rate faster tims (hypothermia I) can mobilise as exercise rewarms a person than can be lost by thermoregulatory mechanisms. Hyperthermia more rapidly than shivering.will continue cooling after is a continuum of heat-related conditions, starting with heat stress, removal from a cold environment (i.e. afterdrop), which may result progressing to heat exhaustion, then to heat stroke and finally to in a life-threatening decrease in core temperature triggering a car- multiple organ dysfunction and cardiac arrest.
diac arrest during transport (i.e. ‘rescue death'). Prehospitally, avoid Malignant hyperthermia is a rare disorder of skeletal mus- prolonged investigations and treatment, as further heat loss is diffi- cle calcium homeostasis characterised by muscle contracture and cult to prevent. Patients who stop shivering (e.g. hypothermia II–IV, life-threatening hypermetabolic crisis following exposure of genet- and sedated or anaesthetised patients) will cool faster.
ically predisposed individuals to halogenated anaesthetics and depolarising muscle relaxants.
Prehospital rewarming. Rewarming may be passive, active external, or active internal. In hypothermia I passive rewarming is appropri- ate as patients are still able to shiver. Passive rewarming is best Heat exhaustion is a non-life-threatening clinical achieved by full body insulation with wool blankets, aluminium syndrome of weakness, malaise, nausea, syncope, and other non- foil, cap and a warm environment. In hypothermia II–IV the appli- specific symptoms caused by heat exposure. Thermoregulation is cation of chemical heat packs to the trunk has been recommended.
not impaired. Heat exhaustion is caused by water and electrolyte In conscious patients who are able to shiver, this improves thermal imbalance due to heat exposure, with or without exertion. Rarely, comfort but does not speed the patient is uncon- severe heat exhaustion after physical exertion may be complicated scious and the airway is not secured, arrange the insulation around by rhabdomyolysis, myoglobinuria, acute renal failure, and dissem- the patient lying in a recovery (lateral decubitus) position. Rewarm- inated intravascular coagulation (DIC).
ing in the field with heated intravenous fluids and warm humidified Symptoms are often vague, and patients may not gases is not active rewarming must not delay realise that heat is the cause. Symptoms may include weakness, transport to a hospital where advanced rewarming techniques, dizziness, headache, nausea, and sometimes vomiting. Syncope due continuous monitoring and observation are available.
to standing for long periods in the heat (heat syncope) is common and may mimic cardiovascular disorders. On examination, patients Transport. Transport patients with hypothermia stage I to the appear tired and are usually sweaty and tachycardic. Mental status nearest hospital. In hypothermia stage II–IV, signs of prehospital is typically normal, unlike in heatstroke. Temperature is usually cardiac instability (i.e. systolic blood pressure <90 mmHg, ventri- normal and, when elevated, usually does not exceed 40 ◦C.
cular arrhythmia, core temperature <28 ◦C) should determine the Diagnosis is clinical and requires exclusion of other choice of admitting hospital. If any signs of cardiac instability are possible causes (e.g. hypoglycaemia, acute coronary syndrome, present, transport the patient to an ECLS centre, contacting them infections). Laboratory testing is required only if needed to rule well in advance to ensure that the hospital can accept the patient out other disorders.
A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 Cooling techniques.
Several cooling methods have been Fluids and electrolyte replacement.
Treatment involves remov- described, but there are few formal trials to determine which ing patients to a cool environment, lying them flat, and giving IV is optimal. Simple cooling techniques include drinking cold flu- fluids and electrolyte replacement therapy; oral rehydration may ids, fanning the completely undressed patient and spraying tepid not be effective in rapidly replacing electrolytes, but may be a more water on the patient. Ice packs over areas where there are large practical treatment. Rate and volume of rehydration are guided by superficial blood vessels (axillae, groins, neck) may also be useful.
age, underlying disorders, and clinical response. Replacement of Surface cooling methods may cause shivering. In cooperative sta- 1–2 L crystalloids at 500 mL h−1 is often adequate. External cool- ble patients, immersion in cold water can be however, ing measures are usually not required. Consider external cooling in this may cause peripheral vasoconstriction, shunt blood away from patients with a core temperature of ≥40 ◦C.
the periphery and reduce heat dissipation. Immersion is also not practical in the sickest patients.
Further techniques to cool patients with hyperthermia are sim- ilar to those used for targeted temperature management after Heat stroke (HS) is defined as hyperthermia cardiac arrest (see post resuscitation intravenous flu- accompanied by a systemic inflammatory response with a core ids will decrease body temperature. Gastric, temperature >40 ◦C, accompanied by mental state change and vary- or bladder lavage with cold water will lower the core temperature.
ing levels of organ dysfunction.
Intravascular cooling techniques include the use of cold IV fluids, There are two forms of HS: intravascular cooling cathetersextracorporeal circuits, 1. Classic (non-exertional) heat stroke (CHS) occurs during high e.g. continuous veno-venous haemofiltration or cardiopulmonary environmental temperatures and often effects the elderly during There are no specific drug therapies 2. Exertional heat stroke (EHS) occurs during strenuous physi- in heat stroke that lower core temperature. There is no good evi- cal exercise in high environmental temperatures and/or high dence that antipyretics (e.g. non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs humidity and usually effects healthy young or paracetamol) are effective in heat stroke. Diazepam may be use- ful to treat seizures and facilitate cooling.has not been Mortality from heat stroke ranges between 10 and The elderly are at increased risk for heat-related illness because of underlying illness, medication Malignant hyperthermia use, declining thermoregulatory mechanisms and limited social Malignant hyperthermia is a life-threatening genetic sensitivity support. There are several risk factors: lack of acclimatisation, dehy- of skeletal muscles to halogenated volatile anaesthetics and depo- dration, obesity, alcohol, cardiovascular disease, skin conditions larising neuromuscular blocking drugs, occurring during or after (psoriasis, eczema, scleroderma, burn, cystic fibrosis), hyper- anaesthesia.triggering agents immediately; give oxygen, thyroidism, phaeochromocytoma and drugs (anticholinergics, correct acidosis and electrolyte abnormalities. Start active cooling diamorphine, cocaine, amphetamine, phenothiazines, sympath- and give dantrolene.
omimetics, calcium channel blockers, beta-blockers).
Other drugs such as 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine Heat stroke can resemble septic shock and may (MDMA, ‘ecstasy') and amphetamines also cause a condition be caused by similar mechanisms.single centre case series similar to malignant hyperthermia and the use of dantrolene may reported 14 ICU deaths in 22 heat stroke patients admitted to ICU with multiple organ included: Modifications to cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
• core temperature ≥40 ◦C; specific studies of cardiac arrest in hyperthermia. If cardiac arrest • hot, dry skin (sweating present in about 50% of cases of exertional occurs, follow standard guidelines and continue cooling the patient.
Use the same cooling techniques as for targeted temperature • early signs and symptoms (e.g. extreme fatigue, headache, faint- management after cardiac arrest (see Section 5 Post-resuscitation ing, facial flushing, vomiting and diarrhoea); defibrillation using standard energy levels. Animal • cardiovascular studies suggest the prognosis is poor compared with normothermic cardiac arrest.risk of unfavourable neurological outcome • respiratory dysfunction including acute respiratory distress syn- increases by 2.26 (odds ratio) for each degree of body temperature >37 ◦C.
• central nervous system dysfunction including seizures and • liver and renal failure • coagulopathy; • rhabdomyolysis.
Hypovolaemia is a potentially treatable cause of cardiac arrest that usually results from a reduced intravascular volume (i.e. hae- Other clinical conditions presenting with increased core tem- morrhage), but relative hypovolaemia may also occur in patients perature need to be considered, including drug toxicity, drug with severe vasodilation (e.g. anaphylaxis, sepsis). Hypovolaemia withdrawal syndrome, serotonin syndrome, neuroleptic malignant from mediator-activated vasodilation and increased capillary per- syndrome, sepsis, central nervous system infection, endocrine dis- meability is a major factor causing cardiac arrest in severe orders (e.g. thyroid storm, phaeochromocytoma).
from blood loss, is a leading cause The mainstay of treatment is supportive therapy of death in traumatic cardiac arrest.blood loss is usually and rapidly cooling the patient.cooling in the prehospi- obvious, e.g. trauma, haematemesis, haemoptysis, but may be more tal setting if possible. Aim to rapidly reduce the core temperature challenging to diagnose when occult, e.g. gastrointestinal bleed- to approximately 39 ◦C. Patients with severe heat stroke need to ing or rupture of an aortic aneurysm. Patients undergoing major be managed in an ICU environment. Large volumes of fluids and surgery are at high-risk from hypovolaemia due to post-operative correction of electrolyte abnormalities may be required (see hypo- haemorrhage and must be appropriately monitored (see perioper- /hyperkalaemia and other electrolyte disorders).
ative cardiac arrest).
A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 Depending on the suspected cause, initiate volume therapy with The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology's warmed blood products and/or crystalloids, in order to rapidly (EAACI) Taskforce on Anaphylaxis state that anaphylaxis is highly restore intravascular volume. At the same time, initiate immedi- likely when any one of the following three criteria is ate intervention to control haemorrhage, e.g. surgery, endoscopy, 1. Acute onset of an illness (minutes to several hours) with involve- endovascular techniques,treat the primary cause (e.g. anaphy- ment of the skin, mucosal tissue, or both (e.g. generalised hives, lactic shock). In the initial stages of resuscitation use any crystalloid pruritus or flushing, swollen lips–tongue–uvula) and at least one solution that is immediately available. If there is a qualified sono- of the following: grapher able to perform ultrasound without interruption to chest compressions, e.g. during rhythm check or ventilations, it may be bronchospasm, stridor, reduced peak expiratory flow (PEF), considered as an additional diagnostic tool in hypovolaemic cardiac b. Reduced blood pressure or associated symptoms of end-organ Treatment recommendations for cardiac arrest and periarrest dysfunction, e.g. hypotonia (collapse), syncope, incontinence.
situations in anaphylaxis and trauma are addressed in separate 2. Two or more of the following that occur rapidly after exposure sections because of the need for specific therapeutic approaches.
to a likely allergen for that patient (minutes to several hours): a. Involvement of the skin–mucosal tissue, e.g. generalised hives, itch-flush, swollen lips–tongue–uvula.
Definition. A precise definition of anaphylaxis is not important for its emergency treatment.European Academy of Allergy bronchospasm, stridor, reduced PEF, hypoxaemia.
and Clinical Immunology Nomenclature Committee proposed c. Reduced blood pressure or associated symptoms, e.g. hypoto- the following broad definition:is a severe, life- nia (collapse), syncope, incontinence.
threatening, generalised or systemic hypersensitivity reaction. This d. Persistent gastrointestinal symptoms, e.g. crampy abdominal is characterised by rapidly developing life-threatening airway pain, vomiting.
and/or breathing and/or circulation problems usually associated 3. Reduced blood pressure after exposure to known allergen for with skin and mucosal changes.
that patient (minutes to several hours): a. Infants and children: low systolic blood pressure (<70 mmHg from 1 month to 1 year; <70 mmHg + (2 × age) from 1 year to Epidemiology. Anaphylaxis is common and affects about 1 in 300 10 years; <90 mmHg from 11 to 17 years) or >30% decrease in of the European population at some stage in their lives, with an systolic blood pressure.
incidence from 1.5 to 7.9 per 100,000 b. Adults: systolic blood pressure of <90 mmHg or >30% decrease laxis can be triggered by any of a very broad range of triggers with from that person's baseline.
food, drugs, stinging insects, and latex the most commonly iden- tified the commonest trigger in children and Treatment. The evidence supporting specific interventions for drugs the commonest in adults.any food or drug can the treatment of anaphylaxis is limited.systematic ABCDE be implicated, but certain foods (nuts) and drugs (muscle relax- approach to recognise and treat anaphylaxis is recommended ants, antibiotics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin) with immediate administration of intramuscular (IM) adrenaline cause most reactions.significant number of cases of anaphy- (Treat life-threatening problems as you find them. The laxis are idiopathic. Between 1992 and 2012 in the UK, admission basic principles of treatment are the same for all age groups. Moni- and fatality rates for drug- and insect sting-induced anaphylaxis tor all patients who have suspected anaphylaxis as soon as possible were highest in the group aged 60 years and older. In contrast, (e.g. by ambulance crew, in the emergency department, etc.). Min- admissions due to food-triggered anaphylaxis were most common imum monitoring includes pulse oximetry, non-invasive blood in young people, with a marked peak in the incidence of fatal food pressure and a 3-lead ECG.
reactions during the second and third decades of life.
Patients with anaphylaxis can deteriorate The overall prognosis of anaphylaxis is good, with a case fatal- and are at risk of cardiac arrest if made to sit up or stand up.
ity ratio of less than 1% reported in most population-based studies.
patients should be placed in a comfortable position. Patients with The European Anaphylaxis Registry reported that only 2% of 3333 airway and breathing problems may prefer to sit up, as this will cases were associated with cardiac arrest.intensive care unit make breathing easier. Lying flat with or without leg elevation is admission is required, survival to discharge is over 90%. Over the helpful for patients with a low blood pressure.
period 2005–2009, there were 81 paediatric and 1269 adult admis- Remove the trigger (if possible).
Stop any drug suspected of sions with anaphylaxis admitted to UK critical care units. Survival causing anaphylaxis. Remove the stinger after a bee/wasp sting.
to discharge was 95% for children, and 92% for adults.
Early removal is more important than the method of Anaphylaxis and risk of death is increased in those with pre- not delay definitive treatment if removing the trigger is not feasible.
existing asthma, particularly if the asthma is poorly controlled, Cardiac arrest following anaphylaxis.
Start CPR immediately and severe or in asthmatics who delay treatment.anaphy- follow current guidelines. Prolonged CPR may be necessary. Rescu- laxis is fatal, death usually occurs very soon after contact with the ers should ensure that help is on its way as early ALS is essential.
trigger. From a case series, fatal food reactions cause respiratory Airway obstruction.
Anaphylaxis can cause airway swelling and arrest typically within 30–35 min; insect stings cause collapse from obstruction. This will make airway and ventilation interventions shock within 10–15 min; and deaths caused by intravenous med- (e.g. bag-mask ventilation, tracheal intubation, cricothyroidotomy) ication occur most commonly within 5 min. Death never occurred difficult. Consider early tracheal intubation before airway swelling more than 6 h after contact with the trigger.
makes this difficult. Call for expert help early.
Recognition of an anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is the likely diagno- sis if a patient who is exposed to a trigger (allergen) develops Adrenaline (first line treatment). Adrenaline is the most impor- a sudden illness (usually within minutes) with rapidly develop- tant drug for the treatment of there ing life-threatening airway and/or breathing and/or circulation are no randomised controlled is a logical problems usually associated with skin and mucosal changes. The treatment and there is consistent anecdotal evidence suppor- reaction is usually unexpected.
ting its use to ease bronchospasm and circulatory collapse. As an A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 Fig. 4.2. Anaphylaxis treatment algorithm.
Reproduced with permission from Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 alpha-receptor agonist, it reverses peripheral vasodilation and paediatric settings by those familiar with its use (e.g. paediatric reduces oedema. Its beta-receptor activity dilates the bronchial air- anaesthetists, paediatric emergency physicians, paediatric inten- ways, increases the force of myocardial contraction, and suppresses sivists) and if the patient is monitored and IV access is already histamine and leukotriene release. Activation of beta-2 adrenergic available. There is no evidence on which to base a dose recom- receptors on mast cell surfaces inhibit their activation, and early mendation – the dose is titrated according to response. A child adrenaline attenuates the severity of IgE-mediated allergic reac- may respond to a dose as small as 1 mcg kg−1. This requires very tions. Adrenaline is most effective when given early after the onset careful dilution and checking to prevent dose errors.
of the adverse effects are extremely rare with cor- rect IM doses.
Adrenaline intravenous/intraosseous dose (in cardiac arrest only).
Give adrenaline to all patients with life-threatening features.
Cardiac arrest with suspected anaphylaxis should be treated with If these features are absent but there are other features of a sys- standard doses of IV or intraosseous (IO) adrenaline for cardiac temic allergic reaction, the patient needs careful observation and arrest. If this is not feasible, consider IM adrenaline if cardiac arrest symptomatic treatment using the ABCDE approach.
is imminent or has just occurred.
The intramuscular (IM) route is the best for most individuals who have to give adrenaline to treat Oxygen (give as soon as available).
Initially, give the highest anaphylaxis. Monitor the patient as soon as possible (pulse, blood concentration of oxygen possible using a mask with an oxy- pressure, ECG, pulse oximetry). This will help monitor the response gen high-flow oxygen (usually greater than to adrenaline. The IM route has several benefits: 10 L min−1 to prevent collapse of the reservoir during inspiration.
If the patient's trachea is intubated, ventilate the lungs with high There is a greater margin of safety.
concentration oxygen using a self-inflating bag.
It does not require intravenous access.
• The IM route is easier to learn.
Fluids (give as soon as available).
Large volumes of fluid may • Patients with known allergies can self-administer IM adrenaline.
leak from the patient's circulation during anaphylaxis. There will also be vasodilation. If IV access has been gained, infuse IV fluids The best site for IM injection is the anterolateral aspect of the immediately. Give a rapid IV fluid challenge (20 mL kg−1) in a child middle third of the thigh. The needle for injection needs to be long or 500–1000 mL in an adult and monitor the response; give further enough to ensure that the adrenaline is injected into doses as necessary. There is no evidence to support the use of col- The subcutaneous or inhaled routes for adrenaline are not recom- loids over crystalloids in this setting. Consider colloid infusion as mended for the treatment of anaphylaxis because they are less a cause in a patient receiving a colloid at the time of onset of an effective than the IM anaphylaxis and stop the infusion. A large volume of fluid may be Adrenaline intramuscular dose.
The evidence for the recom- mended doses is limited. The EAACI suggests IM adrenaline If IV access is delayed or impossible, the IO route can be used for (1 mg mL−1) should be given a dose of 10 mcg kg−1 of body weight fluids or drugs. Do not delay the administration of IM adrenaline to a maximum total dose of 0.5 while attempting IO access.
The following doses are based on what is considered to be safe Antihistamines (give after initial resuscitation).
and practical to draw up and inject in an emergency (equivalent are a second line treatment for anaphylaxis. The evidence to volume of 1:1000 adrenaline is shown in brackets): support their use is limited, but there are logical reasons for >12 years and adults 500 microgram IM (0.5 mL) their use.1-antihistamines help counter histamine-mediated 300 microgram IM (0.3 mL) vasodilation, bronchoconstriction, and particularly cutaneous >6 months–6 years 150 microgram IM (0.15 mL) symptoms. There is little evidence to support the routine use of an 150 microgram IM (0.15 mL) H2-antihistamine (e.g. ranitidine, cimetidine) for the initial treat- Repeat the IM adrenaline dose if there is no improve- ment of anaphylaxis.
ment in the patient's condition within 5 min. Further doses can be given at about 5-min intervals according to the patient's Glucocorticosteroids (give after initial resuscitation).
roids may help prevent or shorten protracted reactions, although Intravenous adrenaline (for specialist use only).
the evidence is limited.asthma, early corticosteroid treatment greater risk of causing harmful side effects by inappropriate is beneficial in adults and children. There is little evidence on which dosage or misdiagnosis of anaphylaxis when using intravenous (IV) to base the optimum dose of hydrocortisone in anaphylaxis.
adrenaline.adrenaline should only be used by those expe- Other drugs.
rienced in the use and titration of vasopressors in their normal The presenting symptoms and signs of severe clinical practice (e.g. anaesthetists, emergency physicians, inten- anaphylaxis and life-threatening asthma can be the same. Consider sive care doctors). In patients with a spontaneous circulation, IV further bronchodilator therapy with salbutamol (inhaled or IV), adrenaline can cause life-threatening hypertension, tachycardia, ipratropium (inhaled), aminophylline (IV) or magnesium (IV) (see arrhythmias, and myocardial ischaemia. If IV access is not available asthma). IV magnesium is a vasodilator and can make hypotension or not achieved rapidly, use the IM route for adrenaline. Patients who are given IV adrenaline must be monitored – continuous ECG Cardiac drugs.
Adrenaline remains the first line vasopressor and pulse oximetry and frequent non-invasive blood pressure mea- for the treatment of anaphylaxis. There are animal studies and surements as a minimum. Patients who require repeated IM doses case reports describing the use of other vasopressors and inotropes of adrenaline may benefit from IV adrenaline. It is essential that (noradrenaline, vasopressin, terlipressin metaraminol, methoxam- these patients receive expert help early.
ine, and glucagon) when initial resuscitation with adrenaline and Adrenaline intravenous dose (for specialist use only).
fluids has not been these drugs only in spe- • Adults: Titrate IV adrenaline using 50 microgram boluses accord- cialist settings (e.g. ICU) where there is experience in their use.
ing to response. If repeated adrenaline doses are needed, start an Glucagon can be useful to treat anaphylaxis in a patient taking IV adrenaline infusion.
a case reports of cardiac arrest suggest • Children: IM adrenaline is the preferred route for children hav- cardiopulmonary bypassmechanical chest compression ing anaphylaxis. The IV route is recommended only in specialist devices may also be helpful.
A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 Investigations. Undertake the usual investigations appropriate for treatment of reversible causes, which takes priority over chest com- a medical emergency, e.g. 12-lead ECG, chest X-ray, urea and elec- trolytes, arterial blood gases, etc.
Mast cell tryptase.
The specific test to help confirm a diagnosis Diagnosis. The diagnosis of traumatic cardiac arrest is made clin- of anaphylaxis is measurement of mast cell tryptase. Tryptase is the ically. The patient presents with agonal or absent spontaneous major protein component of mast cell secretory granules. In ana- respiration and absence of a central pulse.
phylaxis, mast cell degranulation leads to markedly increased blood A peri-arrest state is characterised by cardiovascular instabil- tryptase concentrations. Tryptase concentrations in the blood may ity, hypotension, loss of peripheral pulses in uninjured regions and not increase significantly until 30 min or more after the onset of a deteriorating conscious level without obvious central nervous symptoms, and peak 1–2 h after onset.half-life of tryptase is system (CNS) cause. If untreated, this state is likely to progress to short (approximately 2 h), and concentrations may be back to nor- cardiac arrest. Rapid focused ultrasound assessment may be help- mal within 6–8 h, so timing of any blood samples is very important.
ful in the immediate diagnosis and management, but should not The time of onset of the anaphylaxis is the time when symptoms delay resuscitative were first noticed.
It is vital that a medical cardiac arrest is not misdiagnosed as (a) Minimum: one sample at 1–2 h after the start of symptoms.
a TCA and must be treated with the universal ALS algorithm. Car- (b) Ideally: Three timed samples: diac arrest or other causes of sudden loss of consciousness (e.g.
• Initial sample as soon as feasible after resuscitation has started – hypoglycaemia, stroke, seizures) may cause a secondary traumatic do not delay resuscitation to take sample.
event. Some observational studies have reported that about 2.5% • Second sample at 1–2 h after the start of symptoms.
of non-traumatic OHCAs occur in these cases, shock- • Third sample either at 24 h or in convalescence (for example in a able rhythms (VF/pVT) are more common.primary cause of follow-up allergy clinic). This provides baseline tryptase levels – the cardiac arrest can be elucidated from information about past some individuals have an elevated baseline level.
medical history, events preceding the accident (if possible), and a systematic post-ROSC assessment, including a 12-lead ECG.
Serial samples have better specificity and sensitivity than a sin- gle measurement in the confirmation of anaphylaxis.
Prognostic factors and withholding resuscitation. There are no reli- able predictors of survival for traumatic cardiac arrest. Factors Discharge and follow-up. Patients who have had suspected anaphy- that are associated with survival include the presence of reactive laxis (i.e. an airway, breathing or circulation problem) should be pupils, an organised ECG rhythm and respiratory activity.
treated and then observed in a clinical area with facilities for treat- Short duration of CPR and prehospital times have also been associ- ing life-threatening ABC problems. Patients with a good response ated with positive outcomes.
to initial treatment should be warned of the possibility of an early A large systematic review reported an overall survival rate of recurrence of symptoms and in some circumstances should be kept 3.3% in blunt and 3.7% in penetrating trauma, with good neuro- under observation. The exact incidence of biphasic reactions is logical outcome in 1.6% of all age dependent, unknown. Although studies quote an incidence of 1–20%, it is not with children having a better prognosis than is clear whether all the patients in these studies actually had anaphy- considerable variation in reported mortality (range 0–27%) reflect- laxis or whether the initial treatment was ing heterogeneity in casemix and care in different systems. PEA, no reliable way of predicting who will have a biphasic reaction. It which in TCA may initially be a low output state, and asystole are is therefore important that decisions about discharge are made for the prevalent heart rhythms in TCA. Ventricular fibrillation (VF) is each patient by an experienced clinician.
rare but carries the best prognosis.
Before discharge from hospital, all patients must: One study reported good neurological outcome in 36.4% of TCA Be reviewed by an allergy specialist and have a treatment plan patients presenting with VF, but only in 7% with PEA and 2.7% of based on their individual risk.
those in other studies of patients in non-shockable Be given clear instructions to return to hospital if symptoms rhythms have reported 100% mortality.American Col- lege of Surgeons and the National Association of EMS physicians Be considered for an adrenaline auto-injector, or given a recommend withholding resuscitation in situations where death ensured that appropriate training has is inevitable or established and in trauma patients presenting with apnoea, pulselessness and without organised ECG Have a plan for follow-up, including contact with the patient's ever, neurologically intact survivors initially presenting in this state have been therefore recommend the following Patients need to know the allergen responsible (if identified) and how to avoid it. Patients need to be able to recognise the early Consider withholding resuscitation in TCA in any of the follow- symptoms of anaphylaxis, so that they can summon help quickly and prepare to use their emergency medication. Although there • no signs of life within the preceeding 15 min; are no randomised clinical trials, there is evidence that individual- • massive trauma incompatible with survival (e.g. decapitation, ised action plans for self-management should decrease the risk of penetrating heart injury, loss of brain tissue).
We suggest termination of resuscitative efforts should be con- Traumatic cardiac arrest sidered if there is: Introduction. Traumatic cardiac arrest (TCA) carries a very high • no ROSC after reversible causes have been addressed; mortality, but in those where ROSC can be achieved, neurolog- • no detectable ultrasonographic cardiac activity.
ical outcome in survivors appears to be much better than in other causes of cardiac arrest.response to TCA is time- Trauma care systems throughout Europe vary considerably critical and success depends on a well-established chain of survival, and we recommend establishing regional guidelines for treat- including advanced prehospital and specialised trauma centre ment of TCA and tailoring patient pathways to infrastructure and care. Immediate resuscitative efforts in TCA focus on simultaneous A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 Fig. 4.3. Traumatic cardiac arrest algorithm.
Treatment. Emphasis on rapid treatment of all potentially aetiology. In cardiac arrest caused by hypovolaemia, cardiac tam- reversible pathology is the basis of treatment guidelines. These ponade or tension pneumothorax, chest compressions are unlikely principles are addressed in several treatment algorithms.
to be as effective as in normovolaemic cardiac arrest.
All algorithms attempt to rapidly address reversible causes of TCA Because of this fact, chest compressions take a lower priority in the prehospital and in-hospital phases of care. a than the immediate treatment of reversible causes, e.g. thoraco- traumatic cardiac (peri-) arrest algorithm, which is based on the tomy, controlling haemorrhage, etc. In an out-of-hospital setting, only essential life-saving interventions should be performed on scene followed by rapid transfer to the nearest appropriate Effectiveness of chest compressions.
Chest compressions are still the standard of care in patients with cardiac arrest, irrespective of A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 manoeuvres and second-generation supraglottic airways to main- Damage control
re suscitation
tain oxygenation if tracheal intubation cannot be accomplished Positive pressure ventilation worsens hypotension by imped- Hypotensive
Damage control
ing venous return to the heart, particularly in hypovolaemic tidal volumes and slow respiratory rates may help optimise cardiac preload. Monitor ventilation with continuous waveform capnography and adjust to achieve normocapnia.
Fig. 4.4. Principles of damage control resuscitation in trauma.
Thirteen percent of all cases of TCA are caused by tension pneumothorax.decompress the chest in Uncontrolled haemorrhage is the cause of trau- TCA, perform bilateral thoracostomies in the 4th intercostal space, matic cardiac arrest in 48% of all treatment of severe extending to a clamshell thoracotomy if required. In the presence of hypovolaemic shock has several elements. The main principle is positive pressure ventilation, thoracostomies are likely to be more to achieve ‘haemostasis without delay', usually with surgical or effective than needle thoracocentesis and quicker than inserting a radiological intervention. Temporary haemorrhage control can be chest tube (see tension pneumothorax).
Cardiac tamponade and resuscitative thoracotomy.
Treat compressible external haemorrhage with direct pressure ponade is the underlying cause of approximately 10% of cardiac (with or without a dressing), use tourniquets if needed and/or arrest in there is TCA and penetrating trauma apply topical haemostatic to the chest or epigastrium, immediate resuscitative thoracotomy Non-compressible haemorrhage is more difficult. Use splints (RT) via a clamshell be life chance (pelvic splint), blood products, intravenous fluids and tranexamic of survival is about 4 times higher in cardiac stab wounds than in acid while moving the patient to surgical haemorrhage control.
Over the past 10 years the principle of ‘damage control resusci- Resuscitative thoracotomy is also applied for other life threaten- tation' has been adopted in trauma resuscitation for uncontrolled ing injuries; the evidence was examined in guidelines haemorrhage. Damage control resuscitation combines permissive produced which recommend that, after arrival in hospital, the deci- hypotension and haemostatic resuscitation with damage control sion to proceed with RT should include the following criteria: surgery. Limited general consensus have sup- • blunt trauma patients with less than 10 min of prehospital CPR; ported a conservative approach to intravenous fluid infusion, with • penetrating torso trauma patients with less than 15 min of CPR.
permissive hypotension until surgical haemostasis is achieved. Per- missive hypotension allows intravenous fluid administration to a These guidelines estimate survival rates for RT of approximately volume sufficient to maintain a radial pulse.
15% for all patients with penetrating wounds and 35% for patients Haemostatic resuscitation is the very early use of blood prod- with a penetrating cardiac wound. In contrast, survival from RT ucts as primary resuscitation fluid to prevent exsanguination following blunt trauma is dismal, with survival rates of 0–2% being by trauma-induced coagulopathy.recommended ratio of packed red cells, fresh frozen plasma and platelets is Successful RT is time critical. One UK service recommends that services have also started using blood products in the prehospital if surgical intervention cannot be accomplished within 10 min after loss of pulse in patients with penetrating chest injury, on scene RT Simultaneous damage control surgery and haemostatic resus- should be considered.on this approach, of 71 patients who citation using massive transfusion protocols are the underwent RT at scene, 13 patients survived and 11 of these made principles of damage control resuscitation in patients with exsan- a good neurological recovery.
guinating injuries The prerequisites for a successful RT can be summarised as the Although the evidence for permissive hypotension during resus- ‘four Es rule' (4E): citation is limited, particularly with regards to blunt trauma, permissive hypotension has been endorsed in both civilian and Expertise: teams that perform RT must be led by a highly trained military aiming for a systolic blood pressure and competent healthcare practitioner. These teams must oper- of 80–90 mmHg. Caution is advised with this strategy in patients ate under a robust governance framework.
with traumatic brain injury were a raised intracranial pressure Equipment: adequate equipment to carry out RT and to deal with may require a higher cerebral perfusion pressure. The duration the intrathoracic findings is mandatory.
of hypotensive resuscitation should not exceed 60 min, because Environment: ideally RT should be carried out in an operating the- the risks of irreversible organ damage then exceed its intended atre. RT should not be carried out if there is inadequate physical access to the patient, or if the receiving hospital is not easy to Tranexamic acid (TXA) (loading dose 1 g over 10 min followed by infusion of 1 g over 8 h) increases survival from traumatic Elapsed time: the time from loss of vital signs to commencing a is most effective when administered within the RT should not be longer than 10 min.
first hour and certainly within the first 3 h following If any of the four criteria is not met, RT is futile and exposes the Give TXA in the prehospital setting when possible.
team to unnecessary risks.
Hypoxaemia due to airway obstruction and trau- Needle aspiration of tamponade, with or without ultrasound matic asphyxia has been reported as cause of traumatic cardiac guidance, is unreliable because the pericardium is commonly arrest in 13% of all airway management and full of clotted blood.thoracotomy is not possible, how- ventilation can reverse hypoxic cardiac arrest and it is essential ever, consider ultrasound guided pericardiocentesis to treat TCA to establish and maintain oxygenation of trauma patients with associated with suspected cardiac tamponade. Non-image guided a severely compromised airway. Tracheal intubation in trauma pericardiocentesis is an alternative, only if ultrasound is not avail- patients is a difficult procedure with a high failure rate if car- able. Placement of a pericardial drain may be beneficial in some ried out by less experienced care providers.basic airway A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 Diagnostics. Ultrasonography should be used in the evaluation of to re-tension. Chest drain tubes may become blocked with lung or the compromised trauma patient to target life-saving interven- blood clots and have the potential to kink.
tions if the cause of shock cannot be established Haemoperitoneum, haemo- or pneumothorax and cardiac tampo- nade can be diagnosed reliably in minutes, even in the prehospital whole-body computed tomography (WBCT) scan- ning as part of the primary survey may improve outcome in major Cardiac tamponade occurs when the pericardial sac is filled with is increasingly employed to identify the source fluid under pressure, which leads to compromise of cardiac function of shock and to guide subsequent haemorrhage control.
and ultimately cardiac arrest. The condition most commonly occurs after penetrating trauma and cardiac surgery. Mortality is high and Prehospital care. Short prehospital times are associated with immediate decompression of the pericardium is required to give increased survival rates for major trauma and TCA. The time elapsed any chance of survival.
between injury and surgical control of bleeding should therefore be minimised and the patient should be immediately transferred to a trauma centre for ongoing damage control resuscitation.
Thoracotomy. The criteria and prerequisites for resuscitative tho- ‘scoop and run' concept for these patients may be life saving.
racotomy in patients with penetrating trauma to the chest or epigastrium are described in section on traumatic cardiac arrest.
Treatment of the tamponade following cardiac surgery is addressed in the section on cardiac arrest following cardiac surgery.
Tension pneumothorax defined as haemodynamic compro- Pericardiocentesis. If mise in a patient with an expanding intrapleural air mass is a ultrasound-guided pericardiocentesis to treat cardiac arrest treatable cause of cardiac arrest and should be excluded during associated with suspected traumatic or non-traumatic cardiac CPR.pneumothorax can occur in a variety of clinical tamponade. Non-image guided pericardiocentesis is an alternative, situations including trauma, asthma and other respiratory dis- only if ultrasound is not available.
ease, but can also be iatrogenic following invasive procedures, e.g.
attempts at central venous catheter insertion. It is more common and often more severe in patients undergoing positive pressure incidence of tension pneumothorax is approx- Pulmonary embolism imately 5% in major trauma patients treated in the prehospital Introduction. Cardiac arrest from acute pulmonary embolism is the setting (13% of those developing TCA), and less than 1% of adults most serious clinical presentation of venous thromboembolism, in most cases originating from a deep venous thrombosis The reported incidence of cardiac arrest caused by pulmonary embolism is 2–9% of all OHCAs,5–6% of all in-hospital Diagnosis of tension pneumothorax in a patient with cardiac cardiac it is likely to be underestimated. Over- arrest or haemodynamic instability must be based on clinical all survival is treatments for cardiac arrest examination. The symptoms include haemodynamic compromise resulting from pulmonary embolism include administration of fib- (hypotension or cardiac arrest) in conjunction with signs suggestive rinolytics, surgical embolectomy and percutaneous mechanical of a pneumothorax (preceding respiratory distress, hypoxia, absent unilateral breath sounds on auscultation, subcutaneous emphy- sema) and mediastinal shift (tracheal deviation and jugular venous Diagnosis. Diagnosis of acute pulmonary embolism during cardiac distention).CPR, presentation is not always classical, but arrest is difficult. One study has reported correct recognition of when it is suspected in the presence of cardiac arrest or severe the underlying causes in up to 85% of all in-hospital resuscitation hypotension, chest decompression should be carried out immedi- accurate prehospital diagnosis of acute pulmonary ately before radiographic confirmation.
embolism is particularly The 2014 European Society of Cardiology Guidelines on the diagnosis and management of acute pulmonary embolism Needle decompression. Needle chest decompression is rapid and define ‘confirmed pulmonary embolism' as a probability of pul- within the skill set of most ambulance personnel but is of limited monary embolism high enough to indicate the need for specific value.significant proportion of patients have chest wall thickness which makes needle decompression with a standard Clinical history and assessment, capnography and echocardiog- length 14-gauge cannula ineffective.are also prone raphy (if available) can all assist in the diagnosis of acute pulmonary to kinking and attempt at needle decompression embolism during CPR with varying degrees of specificity and sen- should be followed by insertion of a chest tube (see asthma).
• Common symptoms preceding cardiac arrest are sudden onset of Thoracostomy. Tracheal intubation, positive pressure ventilation dyspnoea, pleuritic or substernal chest pain, cough, haemoptysis, and formal chest decompression effectively treats tension pneu- syncope and signs of DVT in particular (unilateral low extremity mothorax in patients with TCA. Simple thoracostomy is easy swelling).pulmonary embolism may not be symp- to perform and used routinely by several prehospital physician tomatic until it presents as sudden cardiac consists of the first stage of standard chest • Obtain information about past medical history, predisposing fac- tube insertion – a simple incision and rapid dissection into the tors, and medication that may support diagnosis of pulmonary pleural space in the positive pressure ventilated patient (see trau- embolism, although none of these are specific, matic cardiac arrest). Chest tube insertion is then carried out after ◦ Previous pulmonary embolism or DVT the resuscitation phase. This requires additional equipment, takes ◦ Surgery or immobilisation within the past four weeks longer to perform and creates a closed system that has the potential ◦ Active cancer A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 ◦ Clinical signs of DVT • Consider the use of a mechanical chest compression device when ◦ Oral contraceptive use or hormone replacement therapy.
maintenance of high quality chest compressions is needed for a ◦ Long-distance flights prolonged time.
In as many as 30% of the patients with pulmonary embolism, no Extracorporeal CPR.
Some observational studies suggest the risk factors are apparent.
use of extracorporeal life support (ECLS) if cardiac arrest is asso- • If a 12-lead ECG can be obtained before onset of cardiac arrest, ciated with pulmonary embolism.implementation of changes indicative of right ventricular strain may be found: ECLS requires considerable resource and training. Its use should ◦ Inversion of T waves in leads V1–V4 be considered as a rescue therapy for those patients in whom ini- ◦ QR pattern in V1 tial ALS measures are unsuccessful and/or to facilitate pulmonary ◦ S1 Q3 T3 pattern (i.e. a prominent S wave in lead I, a Q wave and inverted T wave in lead III) Surgical embolectomy and mechanical thrombectomy.
◦ Incomplete or complete right bundle-branch block of patients who underwent surgical embolectomy during CPR due to pulmonary embolism was reported as 13% and 71% in two case Cardiac arrest commonly presents as series,these results were not compared with standard 2 readings (about 1.7 kPa/13 mmHg) while perform- treatment. Routine use of surgical embolectomy or mechani- ing high quality chest compressions may support a diagnosis of cal thrombectomy for cardiac arrest from suspected pulmonary pulmonary embolism, although it is a non-specific sign.
embolism is not recommended, but these methods may be con- Consider emergency echocardiography performed by a qualified sidered when pulmonary embolism is the known cause of cardiac sonographer as an additional diagnostic tool to identify pul- monary embolism if it can be performed without interruptions to Percutaneous pulmonary thrombectomy.
In one case series, per- chest compressions, e.g. during rhythm check. Echocardiographic cutaneous pulmonary thrombectomy during CPR was successful in findings are evident after acute obstruction of more than 30% six of seven patients,larger studies are needed to validate of the pulmonary arterial tree.echocardiographic this method.
findings are an enlarged right ventricle with a flattened inter- ventricular septum,absence of these features does not exclude pulmonary of right ventricular Post-resuscitation care. In patients with sustained ROSC, exclude overload or dysfunction may also be caused by other cardiac or intra-abdominal and intra-thoracic CPR-related injuries, especially if a mechanical chest compression device was used simultaneously More specific diagnostic methods, e.g. D-dimer testing, (com- with administration of identify and puted tomographic) pulmonary angiography, lung scintigraphy, treat the original cause of the pulmonary embolism. Evaluate the or magnetic resonance angiography, are not recommended for a risks of a further pulmonary embolism and treat accordingly.
cardiac arrest situation.
Coronary thrombosis Modifications to cardiopulmonary resuscitation. A meta-analysis, Coronary heart disease is the most frequent cause of OHCA.
which included patients with pulmonary embolism as a cause of The peri-resuscitation management of acute coronary syndromes cardiac arrest, concluded that fibrinolytics increased the rate of is addressed in a separate chapter (see Section 8 Initial manage- ROSC, survival to discharge and long-term neurological ment of acute coronary syndromes).cardiac arrest centres, A subgroup analysis of patients treated with thrombolytics com- coronary artery occlusion or high degree stenoses can be identi- pared with placebo in a randomised controlled not fied and treated. Of all patients in OHCA, however, at least half are prove survival difference. However, this study was not designed for not transported to hospital when ROSC is not achieved (see Section treatment of pulmonary embolism and not powered to reach signif- 10 Ethics of resuscitation and end-of-life decisions).
icance in this small subgroup. Some other non-randomised studies proper diagnosis of the cause may be difficult in a patient already have also documented use of thrombolytics in the treatment of in cardiac arrest, if the initial rhythm is VF it is most likely that the cardiac arrest due to acute pulmonary embolism, but evidence cause is coronary artery disease with an occluded large coronary for improved neurologically intact survival to hospital discharge Consider transportation to hospital with ongoing CPR if treat- In a cardiac arrest presumed to be caused by acute pul- ment options are available that cannot be applied in the prehospital monary embolism, follow the standard guidelines for ALS (see adult setting, such as immediate coronary angiography, primary per- advanced life decision to treat for acute pulmonary cutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) or other interventions embolism must be taken early, when a good outcome is still possi- such as (more rarely) pulmonary embolectomy (see pulmonary ble. The following treatment modifications are recommended: embolism). The decision to transport is complex and may depend • Consider administration of fibrinolytic therapy when acute pul- on local circumstances. Prehospital initiation of extracorporeal car- monary embolism is a known or suspected cause of cardiac arrest.
diopulmonary life support (ECLS) requires specialised expertise Ongoing CPR is not a contraindication to fibrinolysis. Despite and its feasibility on a wide-scale has not been established.
increased risk of severe bleeding, fibrinolysis may be an effective Mechanical chest compression devices maintain high quality CPR treatment, which can be initiated without delay, even outside during transport and PCI (see cardiac arrest in HEMS and air specialised healthcare facilities. The potential benefit of fibri- nolysis in terms of improved survival outweighs potential risks There is limited evidence for recommending routine trans- in a location where no alternative exists, e.g. in the prehospital port to hospital with ongoing CPR. The decision will depend on patient selection, availability of optimal methods for mechanical • Once a fibrinolytic drug is administered, continue CPR for at least or circulatory support during and after transport to the hospital, 60–90 min before terminating resuscitation attempts.
management of underlying pathology, treatment after ROSC, com- vival and good neurological outcome have been reported in cases plication rate and outcome. There are no large outcome studies requiring in excess of 100 min of available, but small case series suggest benefit in selected A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 Before definitive recommendations can be made, controlled studies prolonged CPR, extracorporeal life support Transport with ongoing CPR and immediate access to the • Consult regional or national poisons centres for information on catheterisation laboratory may be considered if a prehospital and treatment of the poisoned patient. The International Programme in-hospital infrastructure is available with teams experienced in on Chemical Safety (IPCS) lists poison centres on its website: mechanical or haemodynamic support and rescue PPCI with ongo- ing CPR. Excellent cooperation is required between prehospital • On-line databases for information on toxicology and hazardous and in-hospital teams. A decision to transport with ongoing CPR chemicals may be helpful: should take into consideration a realistic chance of survival (e.g.
witnessed cardiac arrest with initial shockable rhythm (VF/pVT) Specific therapeutic measures and bystander CPR). Intermittent ROSC also strongly favours a deci- There are few specific therapeutic measures for poisoning that are useful immediately and improve outcomes: decontamination, enhancing elimination, and the use of specific antidotes.
Many of these interventions should be used only based on expert advice. For up-to-date guidance in severe or uncommon poisonings, General considerations seek advice from a poisons centre.
Introduction. Overall, poisoning rarely causes cardiac arrest or hospital admissions are common, accounting for as Decontamination. Decontamination is a process of removal of the many as 140,000 admissions each year in the by toxin from the body determined by the route of exposure: therapeutic or recreational drugs and by household products are • For dermal exposures initial management consists of clothing the main reasons for hospital admission and poison centre calls.
removal and copious irrigation with water, except in case of reac- Inappropriate drug dosing, drug interactions and other medication tive alkali metals that can ignite.
errors can also cause harm. Accidental poisoning is commonest in • Routine use of gastric lavage for gastrointestinal decontamina- children. Homicidal poisoning is uncommon. Industrial accidents, tion is no longer recommended. In the rare instances (e.g. lethal warfare or terrorism can also cause exposure to toxins. Evidence ingestion with recent exposure), it should only be performed for treatment consists primarily of animal studies, case reports and by individuals with proper training and expertise. Gastric lavage may be associated with life-threatening complications, e.g. aspi- ration pneumonitis, aspiration pneumonia, esophageal or gastric Prevention of cardiac arrest. Assess the patient using system- perforation, fluid and electrolyte imbalances, arrhythmia. It is atic ABCDE approach. Airway obstruction and respiratory arrest contraindicated if the airway is not protected and if a hydrocar- secondary to a decreased conscious level is a common cause bon with high aspiration potential or a corrosive substance has of death after self-poisoning (benzodiazepines, alcohol, opiates, tricyclics, tracheal intubation of uncon- • The preferred method of gastrointestinal decontamination in scious patients by trained personnel may decrease the risk of patients with an intact or protected airway is activated charcoal. It aspiration. Drug-induced hypotension usually responds to IV fluids, is most effective if given within 1 h of the time of the but occasionally vasopressor support (e.g. noradrenaline infusion) Activated charcoal does not bind lithium, heavy metals and toxic is required. Measure electrolytes (particularly potassium), blood alcohols. Most common side effects are vomiting and consti- glucose and arterial blood gases. Retain samples of blood and urine pation. The evidence that active charcoal improves outcome is for analysis. Patients with severe poisoning should be cared for in • Based mainly on volunteer studies, consider whole-bowel irrigation in potentially toxic ingestions of sustained-release or Modifications to resuscitation.
enteric-coated drugs particularly for those patients presenting Have a low threshold to ensure your personal safety where there later than 2 h after drug ingestion when activated charcoal is is a suspicious cause or unexpected cardiac arrest. This is espe- less effective. It may be also used for the removal of substantial cially so when there is more than one casualty.
amounts of iron, lithium, potassium, or packets of illicit drugs.
Avoid mouth-to-mouth breathing in the presence of chemicals Whole-bowel irrigation is contraindicated in patients with bowel such as cyanide, hydrogen sulphide, corrosives and organophos- obstruction, perforation, ileus, and haemodynamic • Avoid routine administration of laxatives (cathartics) and do not Treat life-threatening tachyarrhythmias with cardioversion use emetics (e.g. ipecac according to the peri-arrest arrhythmia guidelines (see adult advanced life support).includes correction of electrolyte and acid-base abnormalities (see hypo-/hyperkalaemia and other Enhanced elimination. Modalities removing a toxin from the body once it has been absorbed include multiple-dose activated char- • Try to identify the poison(s). Relatives, friends and ambulance coal (MDAC), urinary alkalinisation and extracorporeal elimination crews can provide useful information. Examination of the patient may reveal diagnostic clues such as odours, needle marks, pupil • MDAC, multiple doses of activated charcoal administered over abnormalities, and signs of corrosion in the mouth.
several hours, can increase certain drug elimination.
• Measure the patient's temperature because hypo- or hyperther- an initial dose of 50–100 g in adults (25–50 g in children).
mia may occur after drug overdose (see hypo-/hyperthermia).
• Urinary alkalinisation (urine pH ≥ 7.5) involves an IV sodium • Be prepared to continue resuscitation for a prolonged period, par- bicarbonate infusion. It is most commonly performed in patients ticularly in young patients, as the poison may be metabolised or with salicylate intoxication who do not need dialysis. Consider excreted during extended resuscitation measures.
urine alkalinisation with high urine flow (about 600 mL h−1) • Alternative approaches which may be effective in severely in severe poisoning by phenobarbital and herbicides, e.g.
poisoned patients include: higher doses of medication than 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid or methylchlorophenoxypropi- in standard protocols (e.g. high-dose insulin euglycemia) onic acid (mecoprop). Hypokalaemia is the most common non-standard drug therapies (e.g. IV lipid A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 • Haemodialysis removes drugs or metabolites with low molec- A widening QRS complex (>100 ms) and right axis deviation ular weight, low protein binding, small volumes of distribution indicates a greater risk of arrhythmias.sodium bicar- and high water solubility. In case of hypotension, use continuous bonate (1–2 mmol kg−1) for the treatment of tricyclic-induced veno-venous hemofiltration (CVVH) or continuous veno-venous ventricular no study has investigated haemodialysis (CVVHD) alternatively.
the optimal target arterial pH with bicarbonate therapy, a pH of 7.45–7.55 is of bicarbonate Specific poisons may resolve arrhythmias and reverse hypotension even in the These guidelines address only some of the more common poi- sons causing cardiac arrest.
Intravenous lipid infusions in experimental models of tricyclic toxicity have suggested benefit but there are few human data.
Benzodiazepines. Overdose of benzodiazepines can cause loss of Anti-tricyclic antibodies have also been beneficial in experimental consciousness, respiratory depression and hypotension. Flumaze- models of tricyclic small human study nil, a competitive antagonist of benzodiazepines, may be used provided evidence of safety but clinical benefit has not been for reversal of benzodiazepine sedation when there is no his- tory or risk of seizures. Reversal of benzodiazepine intoxication There are no randomised controlled trials evaluating conven- with flumazenil can be associated with significant toxicity tional versus alternative treatments for cardiac arrest caused by (seizure, arrhythmia, hypotension, and withdrawal syndrome) in tricyclic toxicity. One small case series showed improvement patients with benzodiazepine dependence or co-ingestion of pro- with the use of sodium bicarbonate but the concomitant use of convulsant medications such as tricyclic physostigmin prevents the ability to generalise its results.
The routine use of flumazenil in the comatose overdose patient is not recommended.There are no specific modifica- Cocaine. Sympathetic overstimulation associated with cocaine tions to the ALS algorithm required for cardiac arrest caused by toxicity can cause agitation, tachycardia, hypertensive crisis, hyperthermia and coronary vasoconstriction causing myocardial ischaemia with angina.
Opioids. Opioid poisoning causes respiratory depression followed In patients with severe cardiovascular toxicity, alpha blockers by respiratory insufficiency or respiratory arrest. The respiratory (lorazepam, diazepam), effects of opioids are reversed rapidly by the opiate antagonist calcium channel blockers sub- lingual be used as needed to control In severe respiratory depression caused by opioids, there are hypertension, tachycardia, myocardial ischaemia and agitation.
fewer adverse events when airway opening, oxygen administration The evidence for or against the use of beta-blocker drugs, and ventilation are carried out before giving naloxone including those beta-blockers with alpha blocking properties use of naloxone can prevent the need for intubation. The preferred (carvedilol and labetolol) is limited.optimal choice of route for giving naloxone depends on the skills of the rescuer: intra- anti-arrhythmic drug for the treatment of cocaine-induced tach- venous (IV), intramuscular (IM), subcutaneous (SC), intraosseous yarrhythmias is not known. If cardiac arrest occurs, follow standard (IO) and intranasal (IN) routes are all non- IV routes can be quicker because time is saved in not having to establish IV access, which may be difficult in an IV drug abuser.
Local anaesthetics. Systemic toxicity of local anaesthetics involves The initial doses of naloxone are 0.4–2 mg IV, IO, IM or SC, and the central nervous and cardiovascular systems. Severe agitation, may be repeated every 2–3 min. Additional doses may be needed loss of consciousness, seizures, bradycardia, asystole or ventricu- every 20–60 min. Intranasal dosing is 2 mg IN (1 mg in each nos- lar tachyarrhythmias can all occur. Toxicity typically occurs in the tril) which may be repeated every 5 min. Titrate the dose until the setting of regional anaesthesia, when a bolus of local anaesthetic victim is breathing adequately and has protective airway reflexes.
inadvertently enters an artery or vein (see perioperative cardiac Large opioid overdoses may require a total dose of up to 10 mg of patients treated with naloxone must be Although there are many case reports and case series of patients who were resuscitated after administration of IV lipid emulsion, Acute withdrawal from opioids produces a state of sympathetic evidence for its benefit in treating local anaesthetic-induced car- excess and may cause complications such as pulmonary oedema, diac arrest is limited. Despite the paucity of data, patients with ventricular arrhythmias and severe agitation. Use naloxone rever- both cardiovascular collapse and cardiac arrest attributable to local sal of opioid intoxication with caution in patients suspected of anaesthetic toxicity may benefit from treatment with intravenous opioid dependence.
20% lipid emulsion in addition to standard initial There are no data on the use of any additional therapies beyond intravenous bolus injection of 20% lipid emulsion 1.5 mL kg−1 over standard ALS guidelines in opioid-induced cardiac arrest. In respi- 1 min followed by an infusion at 15 mL kg−1 h−1. Give up to a max- ratory arrest there is good evidence for the use of naloxone, but not imum of two repeat boluses at 5-min intervals and continue until for any other adjuncts or changes in interventions.
the patient is stable or has received up to a maximum cumulative dose of 12 mL kg−1 of lipid cardiac Tricyclic antidepressants. This section addresses both tricyclic and arrests drugs (e.g. adrenaline) should be given according to ALS related cyclic drugs (e.g. amitriptyline, desipramine, imipramine, guidelines, although animal studies provide inconsistent evidence nortriptyline, doxepin, and clomipramine). Self-poisoning with for their role in local anaesthetic toxicity.
tricyclic antidepressants is common and can cause hypotension, seizures, coma and life-threatening arrhythmias. Cardiac toxicity Beta-blockers. Beta-blocker toxicity causes bradyarrhythmias and mediated by anticholinergic and Na+ channel-blocking effects can negative inotropic effects that are difficult to treat, and can lead to produce a wide complex tachycardia (VT). Hypotension is exacer- cardiac arrest.
bated by alpha-1 receptor blockade. Anticholinergic effects include Evidence for treatment is based on case reports and ani- mydriasis, fever, dry skin, delirium, tachycardia, ileus, and urinary mal studies. Improvement has been reported with glucagon retention. Most life-threatening problems occur within the first 6 h (50–150 mcg kg−1insulin and glucose, after ingestion.
A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 extracorporeal and intra-aortic balloon pump support, In the case of cardiac arrest caused by cyanide, standard calcium salts.
treatment fails to restore spontaneous circulation as long as cel- lular respiration is blocked. Antidote treatment is needed for Calcium channel blockers. Calcium channel blocker overdose is reactivation of cytochrome oxidase.
emerging as a common cause of prescription drug poisoning deaths.of short-acting drugs can rapidly progress Carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide poisoning is common. There to cardiac arrest. Overdose by sustained-release formulations can were about 25,000 carbon monoxide related hospital admissions result in delayed onset of arrhythmias, shock, and sudden cardiac reported yearly in the United monoxide levels do collapse. The treatment for calcium channel blocker poisoning is not correlate with the presence or absence of initial symptoms or supported by low-quality with later who develop cardiac arrest caused Give calcium chloride 10% in boluses of 20 mL (or equivalent by carbon monoxide rarely survive to hospital discharge, even if dose of calcium gluconate every 2–5 min in severe bradycardia ROSC is achieved.
or hypotension followed by an infusion if needed.
Give oxygen as soon as possible. The use of hyperbaric oxy- While calcium in high doses can overcome some of the gen has been used to treat carbon monoxide exposure in order to adverse effects, it rarely restores normal cardiovascular status.
reduce the incidence of adverse neurologic Haemodynamic instability may respond to high doses of insulin two Cochrane reviews failed to demonstrate convincing benefit (1 unit kg−1 followed by an infusion of 0.5–2.0 units kg−1 h−1) given from hyperbaric oxygen therapy for patients with carbon monox- with glucose supplementation and electrolyte monitoring in addi- ide role of carbon monoxide in nitric oxide tion to standard treatments including fluids and vasopressors (e.g.
release, reactive oxygen species formation, and its direct action dopamine, norepinephrine, vasopressin).life on ion channels may be more significant than its higher affinity support (ECLS) was associated with improved survival in patients for haemoglobin, which is treated by oxygen with severe shock or cardiac arrest at the cost of limb ischaemia, unproven benefit for transporting critically ill post-arrest patients thrombosis, and bleeding.Studies on decontamination, 4- to a hyperbaric facility and such decision must be considered on aminopyridine, atropine, glucagon, pacemakers, levosimendan, a case-by-case basis.who develop myocar- and plasma exchange reported variable dial injury caused by carbon monoxide have an increased risk of cardiac and all-cause mortality lasting at least seven years after the event; it is reasonable to recommend cardiology follow-up for Digoxin. Although cases of digoxin poisoning are fewer than those involving calcium channel and beta-blockers, the mortality rate from digoxin is far greater. Other drugs including calcium channel blockers and amiodarone can also cause plasma concentrations of B – SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTS
digoxin to rise. Atrioventricular conduction abnormalities and ven- tricular hyperexcitability due to digoxin toxicity can lead to severe Cardiac arrest in healthcare facilities
arrhythmias and cardiac arrest.
Specific antidote therapy with digoxin-specific antibody frag- Perioperative cardiac arrest ments (digoxin-Fab) should be used if there are arrhythmias Introduction. Although the safety of routine surgical procedures associated with haemodynamic instability.Digoxin- has increased over recent decades, the greater number of proce- Fab therapy may also be effective in poisoning from plants dures being performed, particularly in more elderly patients and in (e.g. oleander) and Chinese herbal medications containing car- emergency situations has resulted in a broadly stable incidence of diac Digoxin-Fab interfere with digoxin perioperative cardiac arrests over the past decade.
immunoassay measurements and can lead to overestimation of Although the features of perioperative cardiac arrest are often plasma digoxin concentrations. In acute poisoning, give an initial different to those of cardiac arrests occurring in the general hospital bolus of 2 vials digoxin-Fab (38 mg per vial) and repeat dose if population, the principles of treatment are similar. Perioperative necessary.a cardiac arrest, consider administration of 2 up cardiac arrest may be caused by the underlying condition being to 10 vials IV over 30 min.
treated, physiological effects of the surgery, anaesthetic drugs and fluids, complications relating to existing co-morbidities, or adverse Cyanides. Cyanide is generally considered to be a rare cause of acute poisoning; however, cyanide exposure occurs relatively frequently in patients with smoke inhalation from residential or industrial Epidemiology. The overall incidence of perioperative cardiac arrest fires. Cyanides are also used in several chemical and industrial pro- ranges from 4.3 to 34.6 per 10,000 wide cesses. Its main toxicity results from inactivation of cytochrome range reflects differences in case-mix (some include neonates oxidase (at cytochrome a3), thus uncoupling mitochondrial oxida- and/or cardiac surgery) and in the definition of perioperative. The tive phosphorylation and inhibiting cellular respiration, even in the incidence is higher in high-risk groups such as the elderly where presence of adequate oxygen supply. Tissues with the highest oxy- it has been reported as 54.4 per 10,000 in patients gen needs (brain and heart) are the most severely affected by acute undergoing emergency surgery where an incidence of 163 per cyanide poisoning.
10,000 cases has been reported.age (<2 years old), Patients with severe cardiovascular toxicity (cardiac arrest, car- cardiovascular and respiratory comorbidities, increasing American diovascular instability, metabolic acidosis, or altered mental status) Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) physical status classification, caused by known or suspected cyanide poisoning should receive preoperative shock, and surgery site have all been identified as cyanide antidote therapy in addition to standard resuscitation, incl.
risk factors for perioperative cardiac oxygen. Initial therapy should include a cyanide scavenger (either The incidence of cardiac arrest attributable primarily to anaes- hydroxocobalamin 100 mg kg−1 IV or a nitrite – i.e. IV sodium thesia is a relatively small proportion of this overall incidence nitrite and/or inhaled amyl nitrite), followed as soon as possible and in recent studies is estimated to be 1.1–3.26 per 10,000 by IV sodium thiosulfate.and nitrites are survival from perioperative cardiac equally effective but hydroxocobalamin is safer because it does not arrest is higher than from OHCA, with survival to hospital discharge cause methaemoglobin formation or hypotension.
rates of 30–36.6% being reported A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 General versus regional anaesthesia.
The incidence of perioper- cardiac arrest, ensuring that sufficient skilled assistance is ative cardiac arrest during general anaesthesia (GA) is higher than that of regional anaesthesia (RA). The incidence of cardiac arrest for Catastrophic haemorrhage is usually obvious, but may patients receiving general anaesthesia in a study from the Mayo be occult it if involves bleeding into body compartments Clinic was higher (almost 3 times higher, at 4.3 per 10,000) than (abdomen, chest) or into soft tissues in patients with that for those receiving regional anaesthesia or monitored anaes- multiple limb fractures. Pelvic and retroperitoneal thesia care. The incidence however decreased significantly over a haemorrhage can also cause rapid hypovolaemia and should be excluded, e.g. by ultrasound if pre-operative haemodynamic instability. In cases where direct surgical intervention is unable to control haemorrhage, early Causes of cardiac arrest. Overall causes of cardiac arrest have been interventional radiography should be considered.
Loss of the airway is a common cause of perioperative • Hypovolaemia (e.g. bleeding).
cardiac arrest. Assess the airway carefully before induction of anaesthesia. Prepare all equipment, including suction and an operating table or trolley that can be tipped head-down (Trendelenburg position).
Drug-induced (e.g. muscle relaxants).
Ensure that difficult airway equipment is immediately ◦ Anaesthesia related.
available, and brief the team on a failed intubation drill Airway loss.
if appropriate. Always use waveform capnography.
Children are particularly prone to loss of the airway Anaphylaxis (drugs, blood products).
from laryngospasm; ensure an appropriate neuromuscular blocker is available and give before The commonest cause of anaesthesia-related cardiac arrest significant hypoxaemia has occurred in order to break the laryngospasm.
medication-related events, complications associated with cen- Undiagnosed tension pneumothorax is a readily tral venous access, and perioperative myocardial infarction are treatable cause of cardiac arrest. Although usually also children, airway obstruction from laryn- associated with trauma, consider early in the gospasm, hypovolaemia from blood loss and hyperkalemia from management of all patients who arrest, particularly transfusion of stored blood are additional those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and Cardiac arrest caused by bleeding had the highest mortality in severe asthma. A sudden increase in airway pressures non-cardiac surgery, with only 10.3% of these patients surviving to may indicate a tension pneumothorax or problems with the breathing tubing, but also consider asthma and hospital discharge.primary arrest rhythms during perioper- ative cardiac arrest recorded in the Mayo Clinic series were asystole Cardiovascular collapse has several causes, but in the in 41.7%, VF in 35.4%, PEA in 14.4% and unknown in 8.5%. Contrary context of perioperative cardiac arrest, common causes to studies of cardiac arrest in general, the rhythm associated with include hypovolaemia, anaphylaxis, and vagal the best chance of survival to hospital discharge was asystole (43% stimulation. Use of transthoracic echocardiography is a useful tool to exclude cardiac tamponade (if suspected) and to assess myocardial contractility and Management of perioperative cardiac arrest. Patients in the operat- ing room are normally fully monitored and, as such, there should be The incidence of immune-mediated anaphylaxis little or no delay in diagnosing cardiac arrest. High-risk patients will during anaesthesia ranges from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in often have invasive blood pressure monitoring, which is invaluable Neuromuscular blocking drugs are the commonest cause, being in the event of cardiac arrest. If cardiac arrest is a strong possibil- associated with 60% of cases. The associated morbidity and mor- ity, apply self-adhesive defibrillation electrodes before induction of tality are high, particularly if there are delays in the diagnosis and anaesthesia, ensure adequate venous access and prepare resusci- management. Initial management of anaphylaxis follows the ABC tation drugs and fluids. Use fluid warmers and forced air warmers approach and the management principles outlined in the chapter to limit perioperative hypothermia and monitor the patient's tem- on anaphylaxis. Adrenaline is the most effective drug in anaphylaxis and is given as early as possible. It is appropriate for anaesthetists In the event of cardiac arrest, follow the ALS algorithm, but to give adrenaline by the intravenous route. Repeated doses may with appropriate modifications. Adjust the position and height be necessary.
of the operating table or trolley to optimise delivery of chest If cardiac arrest ensues despite correct treatment for the compressions. CPR is optimal in the supine position, but is pos- anaphylaxis (see anaphylaxis), continue resuscitation using the sible in patients who are prone and where immediate turning to standard ALS algorithm (see adult advanced life a supine position is not factors for cardiac Systemic toxicity of local anaesthetics.
Cardiac arrest is a rare but arrest in prone patients include cardiac abnormalities in patients well recognised complication of local anaesthetic (LA) overdose, undergoing major spinal surgery, hypovolaemia, air embolism, especially following inadvertent intravascular injection. Direct wound irrigation with hydrogen peroxide, occluded venous action of the LA on cardiac myocytes causes cardiovascular collapse, usually within 1–5 min of injection, but onset may range from 30 s Identification of causes.
In many cases of perioperative car- to as long as 60 min.hypotension, dysrhythmias, and diac arrest, physiological deterioration is gradual and the cause seizures are typical manifestations, but diagnosis may be one of of the cardiac arrest is known and hence the arrest antici- pated. In those where this is not the case, follow the standard IV lipid therapy has been used as a rescue therapy to treat cardio- ABC algorithm to identify and treat reversible causes. If patients vascular collapse and cardiac arrest, but its efficacy is deteriorate, call for senior help immediately. Inform the peri- In the absence of documented harm, guidelines recommend that operative team of the deterioration and possible impending 20% lipid emulsion should be available for use wherever patients A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 receive large doses of LA (e.g. operating rooms, labour wards assistance until ROSC is achieved, but in patients with invasive arte- and the emergency department).injecting the LA and rial monitoring, aim for a diastolic blood pressure >25 call for help. Secure and maintain the airway and, if neces- titrating it to this level (after chest compressions are optimised) by sary, intubate. Give 100% oxygen and ensure adequate ventilation administration of a vasopressor, if necessary. This goal is based on (hyperventilation may help by increasing plasma pH in the expert consensus derived from experimental and limited clinical presence of metabolic acidosis). Control seizures using a benzodi- azepine, thiopental or propofol. Give an initial IV bolus injection Waveform capnography is a minimum monitoring standard of 20% lipid emulsion at 1.5 mL kg−1 over 1 min and then start during anaesthesia and therefore immediately available during a an infusion at 15 mL kg−1 h−1. If ROSC has not been achieved at perioperative cardiac arrest. In addition to its use for patients with 5 min, double the rate of lipid infusion and give a maximum of tracheal intubation where it is particularly valuable to confirm two additional lipid boluses at 5-min intervals until ROSC has correct tracheal tube placement, it may also be used in patients been achieved. Do not exceed a maximum cumulative dose of with supraglottic airway devices (although an air leak may limit 12 mL kg−1.
quantitative evaluation). An end-tidal carbon dioxide (ETCO2) value <1.4 kPa/10 mmHg suggests a low cardiac output and rescuers may Diagnosis of cardiac arrest.
Asystole and ventricular fibrillation be able to adjust their technique to optimise this variable. An abrupt (VF) will be detected immediately, but the onset of PEA might not be sustained increase to a normal value (4.7–5.4 kPa/35–40 mmHg) or so obvious – loss of the pulse oximeter signal and very low end-tidal even higher may be an indicator of ROSC. Optimise CPR to achieve 2-values will be good clues and should provoke a pulse check. Do kPa/20 mmHg, while ventilating the lungs at about not waste time attempting to obtain a non-invasive blood pressure 10 breaths min−1, with only minimal chest Team working.
Every resuscitation event should have a des- Management of cardiac arrest.
The management of a cardiac ignated team leader who directs and coordinates all staff and arrest follows the principles of the ALS algorithm. Chest compres- the components of the resuscitation, with a central focus on sion in the prone position can be achieved with or without sternal delivering high-quality CPR. Stop operative surgery unless it counter-pressure. In one study of prone CPR with sternal counter is addressing a reversible cause of the cardiac arrest. Patient pressure (provided by a sandbag) versus standard CPR, higher mean access and resuscitation tasks may necessitate covering the sur- arterial pressures were achieved with the prone technique.
gical field and withdrawing the surgical team from the patient.
sider open cardiac compressions in patients where the thorax is Prioritise team tasks, ensure good quality basic life support open or the heart can be easily accessed.
(BLS), identify reversible causes and avoid non-priority In the case of VF, call for a defibrillator.
If the patient is not responding to resuscitative efforts (i.e.
If one is not immediately available, apply a precordial thump. If kPa/20 mmHg), try to improve the quality of CPR by that is unsuccessful, give chest compressions and ventilation until optimising: (1) compression fraction, (2) compression rate, (3) the defibrillator arrives. Look for reversible causes immediately – compression depth, (4) leaning, and (5) by avoiding of excessive hypoxaemia and hypovolaemia will be the most common in this Stop any surgical activity likely to be causing excessive vagal activity – if this is the likely cause – Post-resuscitation care. Depending on the circumstances, patients give 0.5 mg atropine IV/IO (not 3 mg). Start CPR and immediately successfully resuscitated after a very brief period of cardiac arrest, look for other reversible causes. Exclude a completely straight line, e.g. asystole from excessive vagal stimulation may not require which suggests an ECG monitoring lead has become detached.
anything more than standard post-operative care. All those resusci- Pulseless electrical activity.
Start CPR while looking quickly for tated successfully after longer periods of cardiac arrest will require reversible causes of PEA. Give fluid unless you are certain that the admission to an ICU – unless further active treatment is deemed intravascular volume is adequate. Stop administration of the anaes- inappropriate. In most circumstances, anything but immediately thetic. While a vasopressor will be required, in these circumstances life-saving surgery should be abandoned to enable admission to 1 mg of adrenaline (as directed by the standard ALS guidelines) may ICU for post-resuscitation care. Patients resuscitated after a pro- be excessive. Give a smaller dose (e.g. 1 mcg kg−1) of adrenaline, longed period of cardiac arrest may develop a marked systemic or another vasopressor initially; if this fails to restore the cardiac inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) with the risk of multi- output, increase the dose while continuing to perform chest com- ple organ failure. They will require optimisation of mean arterial pressions and ventilation.
pressure, oxygenation and ventilation. These patients may have sustained a significant cerebral insult. Some may be suitable for Monitoring and feedback during CPR.
Unlike OHCAs where mon- targeted temperature management, but this requires careful con- itoring if often limited, patients arresting in the perioperative sideration, given the lack of data on this therapy in the setting of period can often be monitored with a greater degree of precision.
perioperative cardiac arrest. Active bleeding would certainly be Monitoring enables assessment of rescuer performance and a contraindication to induced mild hypothermia but, at the very patient response: least, prevent fever in all cases. Avoidance of hyperthermia, from • Rescuer CPR performance.
overwarming or a post-cardiac arrest important to optimise neurological recovery.
Feedback sensors (e.g. accelerometers) improve the delivery of effective chest compressions and enable the rescuer to tailor their Do not attempt resuscitation decisions. Patients with DNAR deci- performance accordingly. Their use should be considered whenever sions presenting for surgery present a dilemma for the anaesthetist.
available. Performance feedback can be obtained from invasive and The anaesthetic will induce cardiovascular instability, many of the non-invasive patient monitoring and the rescuer should have direct routine interventions undertaken could be considered as resusci- visualisation of monitors displaying these data.
tative, and the chances of surviving a perioperative cardiac arrest • Patient response.
are better than those from in-hospital cardiac arrest in general.
Consider each case on its individual merits and discuss with the Monitoring of the patient requires adequate lighting and patient and/or relatives. Some patients may wish a DNAR decision patient exposure.Non-invasive blood pressure is unlikely to be of to remain valid despite the increased risk of a cardiac arrest and the A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 presence of potentially reversible causes; others will request that failed, and should be performed within 5 min of the cardiac arrest the DNAR decision is suspended temporarily. Discuss and agree on by anyone with appropriate training.
the time at which the DNAR decision is reinstated.
These guidelines are also appropriate for patients following non-sternotomy cardiac surgery, but surgeons performing these Cardiac arrest following cardiac surgery operations should have already made clear their instructions for Introduction. Cardiac arrest following major cardiac surgery is rel- chest reopening in an arrest.
atively common in the immediate post-operative phase, with a Special considerations regarding treatment of patients with reported incidence of is usually preceded by phys- ventricular assist devices (VADs) are addressed in the section on iological it can occur suddenly in stable special patients (see patients with ventricular assist devices).
are usually specific causes of cardiac arrest, such as tamponade, hypovolaemia, myocardial ischaemia, tension pneu- Cardiac arrest in a cardiac catheterisation laboratory mothorax, or pacing failure. These are all potentially reversible and Cardiac arrest may occur during percutaneous coronary inter- if treated promptly cardiac arrest after cardiac surgery has a rel- vention (PCI) for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) or atively high survival rate. Key to the successful resuscitation of non-STEMI, but it may also be a complication of an angiography cardiac arrest in these patients is recognition of the need to per- such as catheter wedging, air or thrombus embolism in the coro- form emergency resternotomy early, especially in the context of nary artery, coronary artery intima dissection from the tip of the tamponade or haemorrhage, where external chest compressions angiography catheter or caused by pericardial tamponade from a may be ineffective.
perforated coronary artery during the procedure. Most complica- tions will result in VF with immediate need for defibrillation. For Starting CPR. If VF or asystole is diagnosed, immediately admin- this reason, patients must be continuously monitored and a defi- ister external defibrillation or emergency temporary pacing at brillator must be available in the angiography room. Self-adhesive maximum amplitude. Otherwise start external chest compressions radiolucent defibrillation pads may already be placed at the begin- immediately in patients who arrest with monitoring indicating ning of the procedure in high-risk patients.
no output. Verify the effectiveness of compressions by looking In this special setting with immediate response to monitored at the arterial trace, aiming to achieve a systolic blood pressure VF, defibrillation without preceding chest compressions is recom- >60 mmHg [Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Clinical Practice mended. As the patient is early in the electrical phase of a cardiac guidelines in preparation – personal communication from Joel arrest, in contrast to the guidelines for unmonitored and OHCAs, Dunning] and a diastolic blood pressure >25 a rate the result of defibrillation (VF termination and ROSC) can be deter- of 100–120 min−1. Inability to obtain this goal with external mined before chest compressions are started. If needed for failed chest compressions indicates that cardiac tamponade or extreme defibrillation or immediately recurring VF, immediate defibrilla- hypovolaemia is likely and emergency resternotomy should be per- tion may be repeated up to two times.
If VF persists after the initial three shocks or ROSC not Consider other reversible causes: immediately established with certainty, chest compressions and • Hypoxia – check tracheal tube position, ventilate with 100% oxy- ventilations must be initiated without further delay and a cause for the unresolved problem sought with further coronary angiog- • Tension pneumothorax – check tracheal position, listen for air raphy. It is of extreme importance that chest compressions are not interrupted for angiography. On an angiography table with the • Pacing failure – check pacing box output and pacing wire image intensifier above the patient, delivering chest compressions integrity. In asystole, secondary to a loss of cardiac pacing, chest with adequate depth and rate is almost impossible and exposes compressions may be delayed momentarily as long as the surgi- the rescuers to dangerous radiation. Therefore, early transition cally inserted temporary pacing wires can be connected rapidly to the use of a mechanical chest compression device is strongly and pacing re-established (DDD at 100 min−1 at maximum ampli- recommended.the problem is not rapidly resolved, very low quality evidence suggests that the use of extracorporeal life support (ECLS) can be considered as a rescue strategy if the infra- Defibrillation. There is concern that external chest compressions structure is available, and probably to be preferred over intra-aortic can cause sternal disruption or cardiac damage.the post- balloon pump is no evidence to recommend circu- cardiac surgery ICU, a witnessed and monitored VF/pVT cardiac latory support with the Impella pump only during cardiac arrest.
arrest should be treated immediately with up to three quick suc- If the cardiac arrest is caused by a non-shockable rhythm, imme- cessive (stacked) defibrillation attempts. Three failed shocks in the diate transthoracic echocardiography should identify pericardial post-cardiac surgery setting should trigger the need for emergency tamponade or other conditions.
resternotomy. Further defibrillation is attempted as indicated in the universal algorithm and should be performed with internal paddles Cardiac arrest in a dialysis unit at 20 J if resternotomy has been performed.
Introduction. Sudden cardiac death is the most common cause of death in haemodialysis patients and is usually preceded by ventri- Emergency drugs. Use adrenaline very cautiously and titrate to cular contributes to 2–5% of deaths effect (IV doses of up to 100 mcg in adults). Consider amiodarone amongst haemodialysis accounts for up to 24% 300 mg in patients with refractory shockable rhythms (VF/pVT), of emergency haemodialysis session in haemodialysis but do not delay resternotomy. Atropine is not recommended for The frequency of cardiac arrest is highest on the first session of asystole and temporary or external pacing should be employed.
haemodialysis of the week (i.e. Monday or Tuesday) as fluid and electrolyte disturbances peak after the weekend interval.
Emergency resternotomy. This is an integral part of resuscitation mary prevention of cardiac arrest in dialysis patients include the after cardiac surgery, once all other reversible causes have been avoidance of low potassium dialysate solutions and proper use of excluded. Once adequate airway and ventilation has been estab- medication, e.g. beta blockers or angiotensin-converting enzyme lished, and if three attempts at defibrillation have failed in VF/pVT, little evidence to guide the treatment of undertake resternotomy without delay. Emergency resternotomy cardiac arrest during haemodialysis, although some special con- is also indicated in asystole or PEA, when other treatments have siderations have been suggested.
A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 Initial steps.
Although life-threatening anaphylaxis is rare, it is a documented • Call the resuscitation team and seek expert help immediately.
cause of death during dental procedures. In addition to chlorhexi- • Follow the universal ALS algorithm.
dine mouthwash, other common causes may include penicillin and • Assign a trained dialysis nurse to operate the dialysis machine.
latex. Anaphylaxis to local anaesthetics is very rare and a reaction • Stop ultrafiltration (i.e. fluid removal) and give a fluid bolus.
to this class of drug is usually due to a direct intravascular injec- • Return the patient's blood volume and disconnect from the tion of adrenaline contained in the solution. True anaphylaxis (all dialysis machine.
causes) occurs in only 0.004–0.013 cases per dentist per year, com- • Leave dialysis access open and use for drug administration.
pared with coronary symptoms (angina or myocardial infarction) • Beware of wet surfaces (i.e. dialysis machines may leak).
occurring in 0.15–0.18 cases per year.
• Minimise delay in delivering defibrillation.
Treatment of cardiac arrest. The following modifications to the ini- Modifications to cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
tial sequence of actions are recommended if cardiac arrest occurs A shockable rhythm (VF/pVT) is more common in a dental chair: in patients undergoing haemodialysisin the gen- In case of sudden loss of consciousness, immediately call for help.
eral safest method to deliver a shock during Look into the victim's mouth. Check and remove all solid materi- dialysis requires further study. Most haemodialysis machine man- als from the oral cavity (e.g. retractor, suction tube, tampons, etc.).
ufacturers recommend disconnection from the dialysis equipment Prevention of airway obstruction should preceed positioning the prior to defibrillation.familiarity with local dialysis patient on his back.
equipment and check if equipment has defibrillator-proof label Recline the dental chair into a fully horizontal position. Cardiac in accordance with the International Electrotechnical Committee output can be restored if reduced venous return or vasodila- (IEC) standards. Automated external defibrillators in nurse-led dial- tion has caused loss of consciousness, e.g. vasovagal syncope, ysis centres can facilitate early defibrillation by first responders orthostatic hypotension. In these patients, raising the legs and/or with appropriate placing the patient in a head-down position may also help.
Vascular access.
Use dialysis access in life-threatening situa- Simultaneously open the airway and check breathing (look, lis- tions and cardiac ten, feel). If breathing is not normal or absent, assume a cardiac Potentially reversible causes.
All of the standard reversible arrest until proven otherwise. Send someone to get an AED if causes (4 Hs and 4 Ts) apply to dialysis patients. Electrolyte dis- orders, particularly hyperkalaemia (see hypo-/hyperkalaemia and Some case reports describe successful CPR in a patient left on a other electrolyte disorders), and fluid overload (e.g. pulmonary dental simulation studies comparing the effec- oedema) are most common causes.
tiveness of CPR on a dental chair and on the floor reported either lower or equivalent CPR the patient Post resuscitation care. Dialysis may be required in the early post should not be moved from the dental chair because of the risk resuscitation period guided by fluid status and serum biochemistry.
of injury to the patient and rescuers and the limited space that is Patient transfer to an area with dialysis facilities (i.e. intensive care likely to be available on the floor next to the patient.
unit or renal high dependency unit) is essential.
that the dental chair is fully reclined into the horizontal position, support its head with a stool to increase stability, and start chest Cardiac arrest in the dental surgery Introduction. Dental surgery emergencies include a variety of situ- • If feedback devices are used to monitor CPR quality, those using ations ranging from psychosomatic disorders precipitated by fear accelerometers may overestimate depth of compressions if used and anxiety to life-threatening situations requiring immediate life- saving procedures. Cardiac arrest in primary dental practice is rare • Follow the standard compression:ventilation ratios for adults and with an incidence of 0.002–0.011 cases reported per dentist per children. Consider the over-the-head technique of CPR if access to either side of the chest is The most frequent medical emergencies include vasovagal • Maintain the airway and ventilate the patient with a bag- (pre-) syncope, orthostatic hypotension, hypertensive crisis, hyper- valve-mask device, using the two-hand technique if necessary.
ventilation, seizures, moderate allergic reactions, hypoglycaemia, Supraglottic airways may be inserted if the operator is skilled in and angina.majority of dentists responded that they their use, but tracheal intubation is not a recommended inter- would be capable of performing initial treatment of common emer- vention required of dental practitioners and should be avoided.
gencies, while many felt unable to treat anaphylaxis, myocardial • Switch on the AED and follow the instructions. Deliver the first infarction, or cardiac shock as soon as possible if indicated.
A cardiac arrest occurring in a dental surgery is an event wit- • Continue with CPR until signs of life return, or the patient's han- nessed by medical professionals who have a duty of care and are dover to the professional resuscitation team (see adult basic life required to be competent in the delivery of CPR.
support and automated external Causes of cardiac arrest. Causes of cardiac arrest usually relate Equipment and training. Follow national guidelines for recom- to pre-existing comorbidities or complications of the procedure.
mended equipment to treat medical emergencies in a dental The life-threatening emergencies commonly arise from myocardial practice.resuscitation equipment should be available infarction, grand mal seizures or exacerbation of asthma. Dental immediately in all primary care dental premises, including suc- procedures may cause loss of airway patency related to the pri- tion, self-inflating bag with face masks, oxygen, and emergency mary pathology or complications of the procedure (e.g. bleeding, drug kit.role of early defibrillation should be empha- secretions, tissue swelling). Choking is rare, with a reported inci- sised to increase the availability of AEDs in dental dence of 0.07–0.09 cases per dentist per year.addition which is still unsatisfactory, ranging from a reported 0.5–2.6% in of sedation is a contributory risk in these cases, although provision Europe11% in the United States.recommend that of dental treatment under both local anaesthesia and sedation has all dental practices delivering clinical care have immediate access an excellent safety to an AED, with all staff trained in its use. Advanced equipment A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 and special training is needed if analgesia or sedation is used in Consider the following modifications to CPR: dental surgeries.patients with pacemakers, ECG monitor- Introduce yourself to the cabin crew and state your professional ing and immediate availability of a defibrillator is recommended if electrical devices are used (e.g. diathermy, electric pulp tester, In case of cardiac arrest, performance of CPR is limited in an aircraft aisle due to space restrictions. Immediately transfer the There is rightly a public expectation that dental prac- patient to a suitable location, e.g. galley or exit area. Consider an titioners and all other dental care professionals should be over-the-head technique of CPR if access precludes conventional competent in treating cardiorespiratory arrest. However, only 0.2–0.3% dentists have experience in treating a patient in car- During CPR, attach oxygen to the facemask or self-inflating bag.
diac their training in CPR varies significantly Request immediate flight diversion to the nearest appropriate between knowledge and com- airport. In other non-critical medical emergencies, coordinate an petence to deal with medical emergencies must be an important optimal course of action with the flight crew. Considerations for part of the training of dentists. All dental care professionals should flight diversion will depend on the patient's condition and on undergo annual practical training in the recognition and manage- the need for immediate treatment in a hospital: e.g. acute coro- ment of medical emergencies, and the delivery of CPR, including nary syndrome, stroke, persistently altered mental status; but basic airway management and the use of an AED.
also technical and operational factors.
• Ask cabin crew whether medical consultation is provided by the Cardiac arrest in transportation vehicles
airline, e.g. radiotelephony or satellite • An AED with a monitor can be safely attached to a non-arrested In-flight emergencies aboard airplanes patient for monitoring heart rhythm, e.g. syncope, chest pain, or Introduction. Worldwide, 3.2 billion passengers fly on commercial airlines annually. The incidence of in-flight medical emergen- • Concerns about legal responsibility may arise when travelling cies has been reported to be one event per 10,000–40,000 physicians are asked for help. Based on ethical duties, every passengers.probability of at least one medical inci- physician is required to offer help within his or her scope dent reaches 95% after 24 intercontinental of of practice, but the legal duty is only applicable for certain the cases involve middle-aged people.Two large studies countries. However, the so-called Good Samaritan Act and other recently reviewed more than 22,000 in-flight emergencies from regulations, depending on the origin of an aircraft, always pro- five American and two European airlines. The most common tect healthcare providers helping on board from possible legal medical problems were syncope or presyncope (37.4–53.5%), respi- ratory symptoms (12.1%), gastrointestinal problems (8.9–9.5%), • Death on board can legally be confirmed only by a physician. If a and cardiac conditions (4.9–7.7%) with some variations across dead person is found, or CPR has been terminated (see ethics of airlines.problems (e.g. deep venous thrombosis, resuscitation and end-of-life diversion is not appendicitis, gastrointestinal bleeding) were seen rarely In-flight incapacitation of the flight crew is very rare, the most Education and equipment.
common cause being acute myocardial Flight crew training.
Both pilots and cabin crew must receive The in-flight medical emergencies have very limited access to initial and recurrent training on emergency medical event proce- medical care, but the majority can be managed conservatively with dures and operation of emergency medical equipment, including fluids, oxygen and other treatment available from first aid kits on AEDs and first aid kits, but local operational procedures may also board. However, a quarter of these patients subsequently require additional evaluation in a diversion of an Although civil aviation is regulated by a variety of national and aircraft is requested in 2.4–7.3% of all incidents, most commonly international laws, some studies imply that the majority of in-flight due to chest pain, suspected stroke, and emergencies stay unreported or are reported inconsistently.
Cardiac arrest on board has an incidence of 1 per 5–10 million Documentation of in-flight emergencies needs standardisation in passenger flights. An initial shockable rhythm is present in 25–31% order to improve cabin crew training and pre-flight assessments of the in-flight use of an AED can result in selected groups of passengers.
33–50% survival to hospital contribut- On-board emergency equipment.
The Federal Aviation Adminis- ing to a high survival rate include a witnessed event, cabin crew tration (FAA) requires every US registered commercial aircraft with trained in BLS and in 73–86% of cases, travelling medical profes- a maximum payload capacity of more than 7500 pounds and with at sionals also providing immediate assistance.
least one flight attendant to carry an AED, intravenous drugs, and approximately 1000 lives are lost per year in International Airlines advanced emergency equipment,related regulations in Transport Association (IATA) carriers. Some studies have shown Europe are less precise.every commercial aircraft registered that 41–59% of cardiac arrests on board are unwitnessed, occur- in Europe, there must be a first-aid kit that all cabin crewmembers ring during sleep. There were no survivors if the initial rhythm was are trained to use. Aircraft with at least 30 seats must also carry an asystole or an idioventricular advanced medical kit, which can be used by competent personnel, although the contents vary significantly and may be inadequate for Cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the airplane. In case of cardiac all but the most basic of most large arrest, follow the universal algorithm for BLS (see adult basic life European airlines carry AEDs, some of them only do so for intercon- support and automated external tinental flights, but some do not even provide any equipment for request an AED and a first aid kit from cabin crew. Physicians and trained medical providers, e.g. nurses or EMS personnel, Based on the outcome data from survivors of cardiac arrest and should also ask for advanced medical equipment. According to in the absence of any alternative treatment for shockable rhythms competencies and equipment available, provide the patient with on board, we strongly recommend mandatory AEDs in all commer- advanced treatment, assuring that there is high quality CPR ongo- cial European aircraft, including regional and low-cost carriers.
ing, and an AED was deployed appropriately (see adult advanced life Healthcare professionals should be aware of the on-board A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 conditions in order to provide appropriate emergency treat- death (SCD) is the most common cause of death of athletes dur- ment on of supportive information to ing competition and training. Estimates of the incidence of SCD travelling physicians should be encouraged, e.g. ‘Doctor on Board' vary according to the methodology but recently the incidence has programme introduced by Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines in 2006.
been quoted as 1:11,394 in basketball players, 1:21,293 for swim- mers and 1:41,695 for cross-county athletes with a wide variation Cardiac arrest in HEMS and air ambulances between male and female athletes (incidence expressed as number Introduction. Air ambulance services operate either a helicopter of athletes per cardiomyopathy (HCM) and emergency medical service (HEMS) or fixed-wing air ambulances arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) are the that routinely transport critically ill patients directly to specialty most common causes in under 35 year olds whilst atherosclerotic centres and perform secondary transfers between hospitals. Car- coronary artery disease accounts for 80% of sudden cardiac arrests diac arrest may occur in flight, both in patients being transported in over 35 year coronary artery abnormalities from an accident site and also critically ill patients being trans- have been reported in 12–33% of ported between hospital.a retrospective analysis of 12,140 Commotio cordis, the disruption of cardiac rhythm by a blow to aeromedical journies, the incidence of cardiac arrest in flight was the precordium, has a quoted incidence of striking object low (1.1%). Fourty-three percent were medical patients and 57% must strike the chest within the cardiac silhouette within a 20 ms were patients with traumatic injuries. In the medical cohort, the window of the upstroke of the overall survival rate rate of ROSC was 75%.
from commotio cordis is reported to have improved with survival The extent of treatment available on board of an air ambulance rates of up to 58% reported in recent years.
varies and depends on medical and technical factors, e.g. crew com- Whatever the cause the sudden collapse of an athlete there petences and configuration, cabin size and equipment. Ideally, all should be an immediate response from the officials or medical interventions should be performed before flight so that the need team. The standard resuscitation procedures must be followed but for unplanned treatment during flight is avoided.
with certain additional considerations as described below.
Pre-flight preparation. When preparing transport of a critically ill Access. The medical team should gain immediate access to the field patient, ensure that all necessary monitoring is attached and func- of play. It is important that the medical team do observe access tioning. Check that IV access is secured and easily accessible and rules to the field of play but it would be hoped that the field of play that all necessary drugs and medical equipment are available dur- officials will recognise or be alerted to the collapsed athlete and ing flight.
halt play so that it is safe to approach the competitor.
Where there is no medical team, during informal competition Diagnosis. In monitored patients, asystole and shockable rhythms or in practice it is the responsibility of the referee, the coach or of (VF/pVT) can be immediately identified, but recognition of PEA may the athletes' colleagues to recognise the collapse and to initiate a be challenging, especially under sedation or general anaesthesia.
call for help and resuscitation.
Unexpected loss of consciousness (in alert patients), change of ECG pattern, and loss of the pulse oximeter signal should provoke a Calling for help. The call for help is essential to providing the col- pulse and patient check. A sudden decrease in ETCO2 values in lapsed athlete with the best chance of survival. It is essential that those being ventilated or loss of a waveform in those breathing sports officials, coaches and sports organisers have a plan for med- spontaneously with ETCO2 monitoring are also indicators of cardiac ical collapse or trauma. In its simplest form this could include ensuring the availability of a mobile telephone and knowledge of the site/address of the sport arena (field of play, club house) to Treatment. Cardiac arrest in the air ambulance services should be provide best access for the ambulance. It would be hoped that more treated according to the universal ALS algorithm. Start chest com- officials and coaches will be trained in BLS and AED usage.
pressions and ventilation immediately after confirmation of cardiac arrest, attach monitoring (if not already), and follow universal ALS Resuscitation. If the athlete is unresponsive and not breathing nor- a shockable rhythm (VF/pVT) is recognised in a mally, commence BLS. If available attach an AED and follow the monitored patient and defibrillation can be accomplished rapidly, instructions; if this is SCD then the rhythm will probably be ventri- immediately give up to three-stacked shocks before starting chest cular fibrillation and will respond to defibrillation.
compressions. In a US study, 33% of patients achieving ROSC fol- The sports field of play is often an open arena and in major com- lowing defibrillation did not require any chest compressions.
petition may be on view to many thousands of spectators and a In smaller helicopters, there may be insufficient room to per- television audience. Although treatment must not be compromised form effective resuscitation and an emergency landing may be moving the collapsed athlete to a quieter and more private site necessary to allow better patient access.
for continued treatment may be considered. Where there is not an Mechanical chest compression devices enable delivery of high immediate response to treatment and there is an organised medi- quality chest compressions in the confined space of an air ambu- cal team, this move could be accomplished after three defibrillation lance and their use should be a cardiac arrest attempts on the rationale of providing the highest efficacy of defi- during flight is thought to be a possibility, consider fitting the brillation in the first three shocks. The move, if decided, should be patient within a mechanical chest compression device during pack- agreed and may need to be accomplished in stages to allow for near continuous chest compressions. Where there is no medical team or a defibrillator is not immediately available then BLS must continue Cardiac arrest during sports activities
until advanced care arrives.
If the athlete responds to resuscitation then they must be Resuscitation on the field of play transported immediately to the nearest cardiac centre for further Introduction. The sudden and unexpected collapse, not associ- evaluation and treatment. As there is a possibility of the rhythm ated with contact or trauma, of an athlete on the field of play reverting this transportation must be under the supervision of a is probably cardiac in origin and requires rapid recognition and healthcare professional who is equipped and capable of adminis- effective treatment if the victim is to survive. Sudden cardiac tering resuscitation and further defibrillation.
A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 Prevention. In an effort to predict and prevent SCD, the Inter- national Olympic Committee Medical Commission (IOC Medical Detailed summaries of the pathophysiology of drowning have Commission 2014) and many International Sport Federations have been published.brief, following submersion, the recommended cardiac screening for athletes. However, there is victim initially breath holds by reflex. During this time the victim much debate about the effectiveness of the techniques being used frequently swallows water. As breath holding continues, hypoxia and the population that should be screened.
and hypercapnia develop. A reflex laryngospasm may temporarily prevent the entrance of water into the lungs. Eventually these Water rescue and drowning
reflexes abate and the victim aspirates water. The key feature to note in the pathophysiology of drowning is that bradycardia as a consequence of hypoxia occurs before sustaining a cardiac arrest.
Drowning is a common cause of accidental Correction of hypoxaemia by ventilation-only resuscitation is crit- and effective actions by bystanders, trained rescuers and emer- ical and in itself may lead to return of spontaneous ventilation or gency medical personnel can make the difference between life and circulation (ROSC) in some cases, probably because the presence of guidelines provide advice about the initial res- a circulation had not been cue and resuscitation of victims involved in drowning incidents.
They are intended for healthcare professionals and certain groups Drowning chain of survival of lay responders that have a special responsibility in the care of The Drowning Chain of Survival describes five critical links for the drowning victim, e.g. lifeguards, lifeboat crews, swimming pool improving survival from drowning (first two links instructors and water rescue teams.
cover prevention of drowning and recognition of distress.
This chapter provides guidance on removal from water, initial and post resuscitation care.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that every hour of every day, more than 40 people lose their lives to drowning; 372,000 deaths each year.WHO acknowledges that the true Bystander response. Bystanders play a critical role in initial number of drownings worldwide is much higher. More than 90% of attempts at rescue and the same these deaths occur in low and middle-income countries. The inci- time, bystanders who attempt a rescue have died during the res- dence of drowning varies between countries, with eastern Europe cue attempt, mostly when drowning occurs in surf or fast moving having the highest rates in risk groups vary possible, bystanders should attempt to save between countries, in general males are much more likely to drown the drowning victim without entry into the water. Talking to the than females. Most accidental drownings are children who are victim, reaching with a rescue aid (e.g. stick or clothing), or throw- unable to swim. In countries where aquatic leisure in combination ing a rope or buoyant rescue aid may be effective if the victim is with alcohol and drug use is common, young adults are a second close to dry land. If entry into the water is essential, take a buoyant group of countries also report a slight increase of rescue aid, flotation device or safer to enter the water drowning in the age groups above 70 years related to accidents and with two rescuers than alone. Never dive head first in the water physical activities close to water. Drowning is commonest in inland when attempting a rescue. You may lose visual contact with the waters (e.g. lakes, rivers) and during summer victim and run the risk of a spinal injury.
Definitions, classifications and reporting Trained rescuer response. Trained rescuers are often professionals The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) who work in teams with specialist equipment to assist with search defines drowning as a process resulting in primary respiratory and rescue. Where the rescue takes time, the teams often seek guid- impairment from submersion/immersion in a liquid medium.
ance on the likelihood of survival. For this reason, ILCOR reviewed Implicit in this definition is that a liquid/air interface is present specific prognostic indicators and noted that submersion dura- at the entrance of the victim's airway, preventing the victim from tions of less than 10 min were associated with a very high chance breathing air. The victim may live or die after this process, but of favourable outcome; submersion durations longer than 25 min whatever the outcome, he or she has been involved in a drown- were associated with a low chance of favourable ing occurs when the face is underwater Age, emergency medical services (EMS) response time, fresh or or covered in water. Asphyxia and cardiac arrest occurs within a salt water, water temperature, and witness status were not useful matter of minutes of submersion. Immersion, by contrast, is when for predicting survival. Submersion in ice-cold water may prolong the head remains above water, in most cases by means of the sup- the window of survival and justify extended search and rescue port of a lifejacket. In most situations of immersion, the victim remains immersed with an open airway and becomes hypother- mic, although aspiration of water may occur if water splashes over In-water resuscitation. Trained individuals may undertake in the face or if the victim becomes unconscious with their face in water ventilation ideally with the support of a buoyant rescue the water. The difference between submersion and immersion is a rescuer, in general a surf-lifeguard, finds a non- important in understanding the difference in epidemiology, patho- responding drowning victim in deep open water, the rescuer may physiology, clinical course and prognostic parameters between the start ventilation when trained to do so before moving the victim two drowning processes.
to dry land or rescue craft. Some victims may respond to this. If If the casualty is rescued, the process of drowning is interrupted, not responding, and depending on the local situation, such as sea which is termed a non-fatal drowning. If the person dies at any time conditions, distance to shore, availability of rescue boat or res- as a result of drowning, the term is fatal drowning. Avoid terms cue helicopter, the rescuer should then decide to bring the victim such as dry and wet drowning, active and passive drowning, silent to shore as quickly as possible without further ventilation while drowning, secondary drowning and improve rescue-swimming with the victim or continue on the spot with in- consistency in information between studies use the Utstein-style water ventilation until support by crews of a rescue boat or rescue registration template for drowning when reporting outcomes from helicopter arrives to take over the resuscitation. One study suggests that the second option has a higher survival

A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 Fig. 4.5. Drowning chain of
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Removal from water. Remove the victim from the water promptly.
rise. However it often takes more time to insuflate air than under The chances of a drowning victim sustaining a spinal injury are normal conditions due to reduced compliance and high airway very precautions are unnecessary unless there is a resistance. The higher inflation pressure may precipitate inflation history of diving in shallow water, or signs of severe injury after of the stomach with regurgitation and also reduce cardiac output.
water-slide use, waterskiing, kite-surfing, or watercraft racing. If Expert opinion suggests that cricoid pressure applied by trained the victim is pulseless and apnoeic, remove them from the water and skilled personnel in casualties without a secured airway may as quickly as possible while attempting to limit neck flexion and reduce gastric inflation and enhance ventilation in drowning.
extension. Hypovolaemia after prolonged immersion may cause a circum-rescue collapse/arrest. Keep the victim in a horizontal Chest compressions. If the victim has not responded to initial venti- position during and after retrieval from the water.
lations, they should be placed on a firm surface before starting chest compressions, as compressions are ineffective in the Initial resuscitation once retrieved from water Provide CPR in a ratio of 30 compressions to 2 ventilations. Most Follow the standard BLS sequence, initially by checking for drowning victims will have sustained cardiac arrest secondary to response, opening the airway and checking for signs of life. The hypoxia. In these patients, compression-only CPR is likely to be drowning victim rescued from the water within a few minutes of ineffective and should be avoided.
submersion is likely to exhibit abnormal (agonal) breathing. Do not If sufficient rescuers are present, the person performing the confuse this with normal breathing.
aquatic rescue should be relieved of continuing CPR once on land as they are likely to be fatigued, which may impair the quality of Rescue breaths/ventilations. The BLS sequence in drowning reflects the critical importance of rapid alleviation of hypoxia.
Inflation should take about 1 s and be sufficient to see the chest Automated external defibrillation. Defer using an AED until after CPR has commenced. Dry the victim's chest, attach the AED pads and turn the AED on. Deliver shocks according to the AED prompts.
not breathing normally?
Fluid in the airway. In some situations, massive amounts of foam caused by admixing moving air with water are seen coming out of the mouth of the victim. Do not try and attempt to remove the foam as it will keep coming. Continue rescue breaths/ventilation until an ALS provider arrives and is able to intubate the victim. Regurgita- and call eme
tion of stomach contents and swallowed water is common during resuscitation from drowning.this prevents ventilation com- pletely, turn the victim on their side and remove the regurgitated material using directed suction if possible.
Modifications to advanced life support Airway and breathing. During the initial assessment of the spon- taneously breathing drowning victim, give high-flow oxygen oxygen if possible (10–15 L min−1), ideally through an oxygen mask with reservoir victims who fail to respond to these initial meas- ures, who have a reduced level of consciousness or are in cardiac Signs of li
arrest, consider early tracheal intubation and controlled ventilation by skilled personnel. Reduced pulmonary compliance requiring high inflation pressures may limit the use of a supraglottic air- way to ensure optimal preoxygenation before rt CPR 30:2
attempting tracheal intubation. Pulmonary oedema fluid may pour from the airway and may need continuous suctioning to enable a view of the larynx. After the position of the tracheal tube is con- firmed, titrate the inspired oxygen concentration to achieve a SpO2 Attach AED and
of 94–98%.oximetry can give spurious readings following follow inst
rescue from adequate oxygenation and ven- tilation with arterial blood gases once available. Set positive end Fig. 4.6. Drowning treatment algorithm for rescuers with a duty to respond.
expiratory pressure (PEEP) to at least 5–10 cm H2O. However, PEEP A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 levels of 15–20 cm H2O may be required if the patient is severely Wilderness and environmental emergencies
the stomach with a gastric tube.
Difficult terrain and remote areas Geographical and meteorological considerations. Compared to urban Circulation and defibrillation. Palpation of the pulse as the sole indi- areas some terrains will be more difficult to access and are remote cator of the presence or absence of cardiac arrest is not always from organised medical care. Exposed and steep terrain may ren- reliable. As soon as possible, use information from monitoring der extrication dangerous and challenging. The chances of a good modalities such as the ECG trace, ETCO 2 and echocardiography to outcome from cardiac arrest may be reduced because of delayed confirm the diagnosis of cardiac arrest.
access and prolonged transport. Furthermore, some environments If the victim is in cardiac arrest, follow standard ALS pro- are harsher than urban areas (e.g. cold, windy, wet, very bright due tocols. If the victim is hypothermic, modify the approach in to light-reflection on ice and snow). Human and material resources accordance with the guidance for treatment of hypothermia (see may be greatly restricted.
Compared with the partial pressure of oxygen at sea level (PO After prolonged immersion, most victims will have become about 21 kPa/159 mmHg), the PO high (>1500 m above sea hypovolaemic due to the cessation of the hydrostatic pressure of level), very high (3500–5500 m) and extreme altitude (>5500 m) water on the body. Give rapid IV fluid to correct hypovolaemia. This will be progressively lower, constraining the physical activity of should commence out-of-hospital if transfer time is prolonged.
rescuers. There is a physiological limit to acclimatisation (e.g.
short term–hyperventilation and increased cardiac output; long- Discontinuing resuscitation efforts term–haemoglobin increase). The highest permanent settlement is Making a decision to discontinue resuscitation efforts on a 11 kPa/84 mmHg). Above 7500 m the risk of victim of drowning is notoriously difficult. No single factor can lethal acute altitude illness is very high.
accurately predict good or poor survival with certainty. Frequently, There are no epidemiological data on the causes of cardiac arrest decisions made in the field later prove to have been at high altitude. However, it is conceivable that primary cardiac Continue resuscitation unless there is clear evidence that such arrest is the major (60–70%) cause of sudden cardiac arrest. Thus, attempts are futile (e.g. massive traumatic injuries, rigour mortis, public access defibrillator (PAD) programmes in populated areas putrefaction, etc.), or timely evacuation to a medical facility is not at altitude seem reasonable. For instance, public access defibrilla- possible. Neurologically intact survival has been reported in several tors (PADs) should be placed in popular ski areas, busy mountain victims submerged for longer than 25 min, however these rare case huts and restaurants, at mass-participation events, and in remote reports almost invariably occur in children submerged in ice-cold but often-visited locations that are not medically covered.
water, when immersion hypothermia has preceeded hypoxia or in areas where physicians are regularly involved in mountain res- submersion of car occupants.retrospective study of cue operations, the provided on-site treatment is more in line with 160 children who drowned in the Netherlands found that outcomes were extremely poor if ALS took longer than 30 min to achieve ROSC even if hypothermia was present.
Decision making. Continuous monitoring and treatment may be dif- ficult during transport because the patient will be insulated from Post resuscitation care the harsh environment within a rescue bag, being well wrapped Salt versus fresh water. Small differences in electrolyte disturbance and secured on a stretcher. During transport, CPR may be limited are rarely of any clinical relevance and do not usually require in quality and nearly impossible in some circumstances (e.g. while carrying the patient, during abseiling or winching). In danger- ous and difficult terrain where continuous CPR is impossible, Lung injury. The predominant pathophysiological process in the delayed and intermittent CPR has been proposed for hypothermic lungs is driven by surfactant wash-out and dysfunction, alveolar resuscitation devices may help to improve collapse, atelectasis, and intrapulmonary shunting. The severity of CPR quality during difficult extrication and prolonged lung injury varies from a mild self-limiting illness to refractory hypoxaemia. Many victims of drowning are at risk of develop- ing acute respiratory distress syndrome there Effective and safe immobilisation and splinting will reduce mor- are no randomised controlled trials undertaken specifically in this bidity and mortality.possible, transport the patient population of patients, it seems reasonable to include strategies with air rescue.organisation of the helicopter emergency such as protective ventilation that have been shown to improve medical service (HEMS) affects the outcome.
survival in patients with membrane oxygenation (ECMO) has been used for those in refractory car- diac arrest, those with refactory hypoxaemia and in selected cases High altitude illness of submersion in ice cold water, although success rates remain Given the increasing popularity of travel at altitude, an common after drowning. Prophylactic increasing number of tourists at altitude have cardiovascular antibiotics have not been shown to be of benefitthey may be and metabolic risk factors for cardiac arrest. The pO2 falls with considered after submersion in grossly contaminated water such increasing altitude and this oxygen deficiency may lead to acute as sewage. Give broad-spectrum antibiotics if signs of infection manifestations of mountain sickness.
Persons travelling to an altitude of >3500 m are at risk of devel- Neurological outcome. Neurological outcome, notably severe per- • acute mountain sickness (AMS) with headache, nausea, fatigue manent neurological damage, is primarily determined by the duration of hypoxia. Attempts have been made to improve neuro- • high altitude pulmonary oedema (HAPO) with severe dyspneoa logical outcome following drowning with the use of barbiturates, intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring, and steroids. None of these • high altitude cerebral oedema (HACO) with gate disorder, disori- interventions has altered outcome.
entation and confusion.
A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 Risk factors include a fast rate of ascent and a previous history • buried > 60 min (or if the initial core temperature is <30 ◦C) and of mountain sickness. If not treated promptly, HAPO and HACO in cardiac arrest with an obstructed airway on extrication; may progress rapidly to loss of consciousness, severe respiratory • buried and in cardiac arrest on extrication with an initial serum distress, circulatory instability and cardiac arrest. The most impor- potassium > 8 mmol L−1.
tant actions are immediate descent or transport to lower levels of altitude, administration of oxygen (2–6 L min−1, target > 90% SpO Full resuscitative measures, including extracorporeal rewarm- treatment in a portable hyperbaric chamber, in cases of HACO ing, are indicated for all other avalanche victims without evidence administration of dexamethasone 4–8 mg every 8 h, and in cases of an unsurvivable injury.
of HAPO, nifedipine 30 mg every 12 h.
Avalanches occur in areas that are difficult to access by rescuers Resuscitation at high altitude does not differ from standard CPR.
in a timely manner, and burials frequently involve multiple vic- With the lower pO tims. The decision to initiate full resuscitative measures should be 2, CPR is more exhausting for the rescuer than at sea level, and the average number of effective chest compressions determined by the number of victims and the resources available, may decrease within the first mechanical chest and should be informed by the likelihood of adher- compression devices whenever possible.
ence to present guidelines is poor,use of a standardised Commonly, no physician will be present to give guidance to nurses or paramedics on when to stop CPR. Guidelines have there- fore been proposed for these situations.
Management of completely buried avalanche victims. The algorithm for the management of buried avalanche victims is shown in CPR may be withheld or terminated in a patient with absent vital In all cases, extricate the body gently and use spinal precautions.
• the risk is unacceptable to the rescuer • Consider withholding resuscitation at the scene if it increases risk • the rescuer is exhausted to the rescue team or if the victim is lethally injured or completely • extreme environments prevent CPR • any of the following apply: • Determine the duration of burial. If unknown, core temperature may substitute for decision-making.
◦ truncal transection • If the duration of burial is ≤60 min (or initial core tempera- ◦ whole body incinerated ture is ≥30 ◦C) and cardiac arrest is confirmed, follow standard ALS guidelines (see adult advanced life CPR, measure core temperature, monitor ECG, give oxygen and apply ◦ avalanche victim in asystole with obstructed airway and burial insulation and heat packs to the trunk. Give drugs and fluids only time > 60 min (see avalanche burial below).
if IV or IO access can be established within a few minutes. Resus- citation may be terminated in a normothermic asystolic patient CPR may be also terminated when all of the following criteria if ALS is not successful after 20 min, in an absence of reversible cause (see ethics of resuscitation and end-of-life decisions).
• unwitnessed loss of vital signs; • Transport survivors with concern of respiratory (e.g. pulmonary • no ROSC during 20 min of CPR; oedema) or other-system critical illness or injury to the most • no shock advised at any time by AED or only asystole on ECG; appropriate medical centre. Provide specific trauma care as indi- • no hypothermia or other reversible causes warranting extended cated. The admitting hospital must be capable of advanced active external or core internal rewarming.
• If the duration of burial is > 60 min (or initial core temperature In situations where transport is not possible, and correc- is < 30 ◦C) and cardiac arrest is confirmed, start CPR and attach tion of reversible causes is not possible, further resuscitation is monitor. If there is any electrical activity or a patent airway in futile and CPR should be terminated. These recommendations an asystolic patient, continue CPR. Defibrillation beyond three should be interpreted in the context of local conditions and attempts may be delayed until core temperature ≥30 ◦C.
• Transport all patients who present with cardiovascular instability (i.e. ventricular arrhythmias, systolic blood pressure < 90 mmHg) or core temperature < 28 ◦C to an ECLS rewarming centre. Follow Introduction. In Europe and North America together, there are regional hypothermia protocols if needed.
about 150 snow avalanche deaths each year. Most are sports- • If direct transport to an ECLS rewarming centre is not possible in a related and involve skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers.
timely manner, e.g. by HEMS, check potassium level at the nearest Fatalities are mainly due to asphyxia, sometimes associated with hospital. If potassium exceeds > 8 mmol L−1, consider terminating trauma and hypothermia. Prognostic factors are severity of injury, resuscitation (after excluding crush injuries and considering if duration of complete burial, airway patency, core temperature and depolarizing muscle relaxants were used).
serum potassium.buried avalanche victims die from asphyxia within 35 min if the airway is obstructed. The average Lightning strike and electrical injuries cooling rate is 3 ◦C h−1from 0.6 ◦C h−1 to 9 ◦C h−1 Introduction. Electrical injury is a relatively infrequent but poten- moderate to severe hypothermia may become important after tially devastating multisystem injury with high morbidity and 60 min of burial if the airway is patent. The highest recorded potas- mortality, causing 0.54 deaths per 100,000 people each year. Most sium in an avalanche victim who was successfully resuscitated is electrical injuries occur indoors. In adults, electrical injuries are 6.4 mmol L−1survival rate of avalanche victims pre- common in the workplace and are generally associated with high senting with cardiac arrest ranges from 7% to 17%.
voltage, whereas children are at risk primarily at home, where the patterns differ across countries due to terrain, climate and prehos- voltage is lower (220 V in Europe, Australia and Asia; 110 V in the United States and from lightning strikes is rare, but worldwide it causes 1000 deaths each year.
Decision-making on scene. Avalanche victims are not likely to sur- Electric shock injuries are caused by the direct effects of current vive when they are: on cell membranes and on vascular smooth muscle. The thermal A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 Fig. 4.7. Avalanche accident algorithm. Management of completely buried victims. (ECLS, extracorporeal life support).
A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 energy associated with high-voltage electrocution will also cause wise to move to a safer environment, particularly if lightning has burns. Factors influencing the severity of electrical injury include been seen within 30 whether the current is alternating (AC) or direct (DC), voltage, mag- nitude of energy delivered, resistance to current flow, pathway of Resuscitation. Patients struck by lightning are most likely to die if current through the patient, and the area and duration of contact.
they sustain immediate cardiac or respiratory arrest and are not Skin resistance is decreased by moisture, which increases the likeli- treated rapidly. When multiple victims are struck simultaneously hood of injury. Electric current follows the path of least resistance; by lightning, rescuers should give highest priority to patients in conductive neurovascular bundles within limbs are particularly respiratory or cardiac arrest. Victims with respiratory arrest may prone to damage. Contact with AC may cause tetanic contraction require only ventilation to avoid secondary hypoxic cardiac arrest.
of skeletal muscle, which may prevent release from the source of Resuscitative attempts may have higher success rates in lightning electricity. Myocardial or respiratory failure may cause immediate victims than in patients with cardiac arrest from other causes, and efforts may be effective even when the interval before the resuscita- • Respiratory arrest may be caused by paralysis of the central respi- tive attempt is or non-reactive pupils should ratory control system or the respiratory muscles.
never be used as a prognostic sign, particularly in patients suffering • Current may precipitate ventricular fibrillation (VF) if it tra- verses the myocardium during the vulnerable period (analogous Start standard BLS and ALS without delay: to an R-on-T current may also cause • Airway management may be difficult if there are electrical burns myocardial ischaemia because of coronary artery spasm. Asystole around the face and neck. Early tracheal intubation is needed in may be primary, or secondary to asphyxia following respiratory these cases, as extensive soft-tissue oedema may develop caus- ing airway obstruction. Head and spine trauma can occur after electrocution. Immobilise the spine until evaluation can be per- Current that traverses the myocardium is more likely to be fatal.
A transthoracic (hand-to-hand) pathway is more likely to be fatal • Muscular paralysis, especially after high voltage, may persist than a vertical (hand-to-foot) or straddle (foot-to-foot) pathway.
for several ventilatory support is required during this There may be extensive tissue destruction along the current path- • VF is the commonest initial arrhythmia after high-voltage AC Associated injuries are common. Blast (hyperbaric) injuries, shock; treat with prompt attempted defibrillation. Asystole is injuries from being thrown from the point of contact and tetanic more common after DC shock; use standard protocols for this contraction causing limb fractures have all been reported.
and other arrhythmias.
• Remove smouldering clothing and shoes to prevent further ther- Lightning strike. Lightning strikes deliver as much as 300 kV over a few milliseconds. Most of the current from a lightning strike passes Vigorous fluid therapy is required if there is significant tis- over the surface of the body in a process called ‘external flashover'.
sue destruction. Maintain a good urine output to enhance the Both industrial shocks and lightning strikes cause deep burns at excretion of myoglobin, potassium and other products of tissue the point of contact. For industrial shocks the points of contact are usually on the upper limbs, hands and wrists, whereas for lightning Consider early surgical intervention in patients with severe ther- they are mostly on the head, neck and shoulders. Injury may also mal injuries.
occur indirectly through ground current or current splashing from a Maintain spinal immobilisation if there is a likelihood of head or tree or other object that is hit by lightning.force may neck trauma.
cause blunt trauma.pattern and severity of injury from a Conduct a thorough secondary survey to exclude traumatic lightning strike varies considerably, even among affected individ- injuries caused by tetanic muscular contraction or by the person uals from a single with industrial and domestic electric shock, death is caused by cardiacrespiratory Electrocution can cause severe, deep soft-tissue injury with rel- those who survive the initial shock, extensive cate- atively minor skin wounds, because current tends to follow cholamine release or autonomic stimulation may occur, causing neurovascular bundles; look carefully for features of compart- hypertension, tachycardia, non-specific ECG changes (including ment syndrome, which will necessitate fasciotomy.
prolongation of the QT interval and transient T-wave inversion), Although rare, consider abdominal visceral injuries caused and myocardial necrosis. Creatine kinase may be released from directly by electrical damage.
myocardial and skeletal muscle. Lightning can also cause central and peripheral nerve damage; brain haemorrhage and oedema, There are conflicting reports on the vulnerability of the fetus and peripheral nerve injury are common. Mortality from lightning to electric shock. The clinical spectrum of electrical injury ranges injuries is as high as 30%, with up to 70% of survivors sustaining from a transient unpleasant sensation for the mother with no effect on her fetus, to placental abruption, fetal burn or intrauterine fetal death either immediately or a few days later. Several factors, such Diagnosis. The circumstances surrounding the incident are not as the magnitude of the current and the duration of contact, are always known. Unique pattern of skin lesions called feathering or thought to affect outcome.
Lichtenberg figure is a pathognomonic symptom that is seen only in patients struck by patients with lin- Further treatment and prognosis. Immediate resuscitation of young ear or punctuate burns (feathering) should be treated as victims of victims in cardiac arrest from electrocution can result in long-term survival. Successful resuscitation has been reported after prolonged life support.
Safety measures. Ensure that any power source is switched off and All those who survive electrical injury should be monitored in do not approach the casualty until it is safe. High-voltage (above hospital if they have a history of cardiorespiratory problems or have domestic mains) electricity can arc and conduct through the ground for up to a few metres around the casualty. It is safe to approach • loss of consciousness and handle casualties after lightning strike, although it would be • cardiac arrest A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 • electrocardiographic abnormalities breathing is triaged as dead. If an unresponsive victim is breath- • soft tissue damage and burns.
ing normally, turn them into the recovery position and label as immediate (highest priority) for treatment. Further assessment Severe burns (thermal or electrical), myocardial necrosis, the of casualties, e.g. respiratory rate, capillary refill time, etc., and extent of central nervous system injury, and secondary mul- depends on individual triage protocols.
tisystem organ failure determine the morbidity and long-term • The decision to use an MCI triage sieve, and withhold CPR to those prognosis. Bone marrow embolism has also been reported in some with imminent death (including victims without signs of life), is no specific therapy for electrical injury, and the the responsibility of a medical commander who is usually the management is supportive. Prevention remains the best way to most experienced EMS clinician on scene.
minimise the prevalence and severity of electrical injury.
• Triage inaccuracy may have fatal consequences in patients with survivable injuries. Healthcare professionals must be regularly Mass casualty incidents
trained to use the triage protocols during simulations and live technologies such as educational video games enhance learning and improve subsequent performance Mass casualty incidents (MCIs), characterised by greater when compared to traditional educational methods, e.g. card- demand for medical care than available resources, are rare events.
sort allows fast and correct recognition of Among the 19.8 million yearly emergency medical services (EMS) those requesting life-saving procedures, and reduces the risk of activations in the United States, 0.3% had an MCI code, but incidence inappropriate care given to futile cases.
of real disasters is much International Federation of • Consider assigning a higher triage risk level to the elderly and to Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) reports about 90 disas- survivors of high-energy trauma in order to reduce preventable ters in Europe and 650 events worldwide MCI or deaths. After an aeroplane crash in the Netherlands, 9% of the disaster can be caused by variety of chemical, biological, radiologi- minor injuries (lowest priority), and 17% of all walking casual- cal or nuclear (CBRN) incidents, but traumatic incidents (e.g. traffic ties were undertriaged while suffering serious injuries.the accidents, acts of crime, or natural and industrial disasters) play a National Trauma Database (NTDB), patients in all triage levels leading role in developed countries.triage of casualties were compared to mortality outcomes. There were 322,162 sub- enables identification of patient care priorities. Unlike normal cir- jects assigned to the lowest priority triage level of which 2046 cumstances, CPR is not usually initiated in MCI, in order to avoid died before hospital discharge. Age was the primary predictor of delaying potentially effective treatment for salvageable victims.
This critical decision depends on available resources in relation to • Perform life-saving interventions in patients triaged as imme- the number of casualties.
diate (highest priority) to prevent cardiac arrest: control major haemorrhage, open airway using basic techniques, perform chest Triage and decision-making on scene decompression for tension pneumothorax, use antidotes, and consider initial rescue breaths in a non-breathing child.
In children, use of a special triage tape or a paediatric-specific Safety at scene is paramount. Those first on scene must identify MCI triage system (e.g. JumpSTART, Team Life Support, Inc., the actual and potential hazards and appropriate assistance must FL, USA, ) or a universal SALT be requested immediately. The presence of multiple unconscious it is not available, use any triage system for victims should always alert rescuers to the possibility of a CBRN incident. Unexpected danger may be present at crime scenes, or places polluted by noxious substances e.g. carbon monoxide, industrial cyanides or other chemicals. During sarin attacks in C – SPECIAL PATIENTS
Japan, 10% of 1363 EMS technicians developed poisoning, mostly from primary victims in poorly ventilated ambulances.
Cardiac arrest associated with concomitant diseases
• Use adequate protection measures and consider potential risks before approaching casualties. Be aware that wearing some personnel protective equipment may adversely affect perfor- Introduction. Worldwide, approximately 300 million people of all mance of treatment interventions and limit the care that can ages and ethnic backgrounds have asthma.worldwide be given in contaminated zones. Simulation studies have shown prevalence of asthma symptoms ranges from 1 to 18% of the popu- reduced success rate of advanced airway techniques, prolonged lation with a high prevalence in some European countries (United time for securing IV and IO access, and difficulties with drug Kingdom, Scandinavia and Netherlands) and in recent years, the prevalence of asthma and its related morbidity and mortality appears to have plateaued and may even have decreased in some countries, especially in children and adolescents.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that 15 mil- Use a triage system to prioritise treatment, e.g. START (Simple lion disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) are lost annually from Triage and Rapid Transport), Newport Beach Fire Depart- asthma, representing 1% of the global disease burden. Annual ment, CA, USA,(Sort-Assess-Lifesaving Interventions- worldwide deaths from asthma have been estimated at 250,000.
Treat/Transport).prehospital teams involved in The death rate does not appear to be correlated with asthma the initial scene triage must avoid overtriage. Repeated triage and international guidance for the man- (re-triage) is needed on entering the hospital and responsible per- agement of severe asthma already guidance focuses sonnel at all stages of emergency care must be familiar with the on the treatment of patients with near-fatal asthma and subsequent triage system used.
cardiac arrest.
If the START triage sieve is used, everyone able to walk is directed to clear the scene, and respiratory status of non-walking patients is assessed. If the casualty does not breathe, open the airway using Patients at risk of asthma-related cardiac arrest. The risk of near- basic manoeuvers (head tilt and chin lift, or jaw thrust). Look, lis- fatal asthma attacks is not necessarily related to asthma ten and feel for no more than 10 s. A patient who does not begin Patients most at risk include those with: A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 • a history of near-fatal asthma requiring intubation and mechan- Table 4.3
The severity of asthma (PEF, peak expiratory flow) • hospitalisation or emergency care for asthma in the past • low or no use of inhaled corticosteroids; • increasing use and dependence of beta-2 agonists; • anxiety, depressive disorders and/or poor compliance with • food allergy in a patient with A national confidential enquiry carried out in the UK in 2014 showed that the majority of asthma-related deaths occurred before admission to hospital.with younger adults, older adults have higher rates of near-fatal asthma-related events and higher comorbidity-adjusted risk of Causes of cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest in a person with asthma is often a terminal event after a period of hypoxaemia; occasionally, it may be sudden. Cardiac arrest in those with asthma has been • severe bronchospasm and mucous plugging leading to asphyxia (this condition causes the vast majority of asthma-related • cardiac arrhythmias caused by hypoxia, which is the commonest cause of asthma-related arrhythmia.can also be caused by stimulant drugs (e.g. beta-adrenergic agonists, amino- phylline) or electrolyte abnormalities; • dynamic hyperinflation, i.e. auto positive end-expiratory pres- therapy for acute asthma in most of the world. Repeated doses sure (auto-PEEP), can occur in mechanically ventilated asthmat- every 15–20 min are often needed. Severe asthma may necessi- ics. Auto-PEEP is caused by air trapping and ‘breath stacking' (air tate continuous nebulised salbutamol. Nebuliser units that can be entering the lungs and being unable to escape). Gradual build-up driven by high-flow oxygen (at least 6 L min−1) should be available.
of pressure occurs and reduces venous return and blood pressure; The hypoventilation associated with severe or near-fatal asthma • tension pneumothorax (often bilateral).
may prevent effective delivery of nebulised drugs. If a nebuliser is not immediately available, beta-2 agonists can be temporarily Diagnosis. Wheezing is a common physical finding, but severity administered by repeating activations of a metered dose inhaler does not correlate with the degree of airway obstruction. The via a large volume spacer device.adrenaline does absence of wheezing may indicate critical airway obstruction, not provide additional benefit over and above nebulised beta-2 whereas increased wheezing may indicate a positive response to agonists in acute asthma.
bronchodilator therapy. SpO2 may not reflect progressive alve- Nebulised anticholinergics (iprat- olar hypoventilation, particularly if oxygen is being given. SpO2 ropium, 0.5 mg 4–6 hourly) may produce additional bronchodi- may initially decrease during therapy because beta-agonists cause lation in severe asthma or in those who do not respond to both bronchodilation and vasodilation, initially increasing intra- pulmonary shunting.
Nebulised magnesium sulphate.
Although limited evidence sug- Other causes of wheezing include: pulmonary oedema, gests that magnesium sulphate has some bronchodilator chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia, a review of 16 randomised or pseudo-randomised controlled tri- foreign bodies, pulmonary embolism, als in adults and children with acute asthma showed that inhaled magnesium alone or in combination with inhaled beta(2)-agonists The severity of an asthma attack is defined in (with or without inhaled ipratropium) was not associated with significant benefit in terms of improved pulmonary function or Prevention of cardiac arrest. A patient with severe asthma requires reduced hospital of small studies in adults immediate and aggressive medical management to prevent dete- with severe exacerbations of asthma showed improvements in rioration. Base the assessment and treatment on a systematic pulmonary function with additional inhaled magnesium, however ABCDE approach. Patients with SpO2 < 92% or with features of evidence was too limited to come to a definite conclusion. Inhaled life-threatening asthma are at risk of hypercapnia and require magnesium sulphate is currently not recommended for the treat- arterial blood gas measurement. Experienced clinicians should ment of acute asthma.
treat these high-risk patients in a critical-care area. The specific Intravenous magnesium sulphate.
Studies of IV magnesium sul- drugs and the treatment sequence will vary according to local phate in acute severe and life-threatening asthma have produced conflicting systematic review assessing 14 stud- Use a concentration of inspired oxygen that will ies (three of which were multicentre trials) including a total of achieve an SpO2 94–98%.oxygen by mask is some- 2313 adult or mostly adult patients treated for acute asthma in times necessary. Lack of pulse oximetry should not prevent the use the emergency department showed that a single infusion of 1.2 or 2 g IV MgSO4 over 15–30 min significantly reduced hospital admis- Nebulised beta-2 agonists.
Inhaled beta-2 agonists are first line sions compared with placebo (odds ratio [OR] 0.75, 95% confidence drugs in patients with an acute asthma attack and should be admin- interval [CI] 0.60–0.92) and improved lung istered as early as possible. Intravenous beta-2 agonists should in almost all of the studies had already been given at least oxy- be reserved for those patients in who inhaled therapy cannot be gen, nebulised short-acting beta-2-agonists and IV corticosteroids used reliably. Salbutamol, 5 mg nebulised, is the cornerstone of in the emergency department. No difference was observed for other A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 outcomes such as intensive care admissions and length of hospital adrenaline 0.5 mg IM according to the anaphylaxis guidelines may be appropriate (see anaphylaxis).
Give a single dose of IV magnesium sulphate to patients Referral to intensive care.
An intensive care specialist should with acute severe asthma (PEF < 50% best or predicted) who assess patients that fail to respond to initial treatment, or develop have not had a good initial response to inhaled bronchodila- signs of life-threatening asthma. Intensive care admission after tor therapy. The most commonly reported adverse effects of IV asthma-related cardiac arrest is associated with significantly magnesium sulphate are flushing, fatigue, nausea, headache and poorer outcomes compared with those in who a cardiac arrest does Early use of systemic corticoste- Consider rapid sequence induction and tracheal intubation if, roids for acute asthma in the emergency department significantly despite efforts to optimise drug therapy, the patient has: reduces hospital admission rates, especially for those patients not receiving concomitant corticosteroid therapy.there • a decreasing conscious level, or coma; is no difference in clinical effects between oral and IV formu- • persisting or worsening hypoxaemia; lations of IV route is preferable because • deteriorating respiratory acidosis, despite intensive therapy; patients with near-fatal asthma may vomit or be unable to • severe agitation, confusion and fighting against the oxygen mask (clinical signs of hypoxaemia); There is a lack of definitive evi- • progressive exhaustion; dence for or against the use of IV bronchodilators in this setting.
• respiratory or cardiac arrest.
Trials have primarily included spontaneously breathing patients with moderate- to life-threatening exacerbations of asthma; evi- Elevation of the PCO2 alone does not indicate the need for tra- dence in ventilated patients with life-threatening asthma or cardiac cheal the patient, not the numbers. All patients arrest is sparse. The use of IV bronchodilators should generally transferred to intensive care units should be accompanied by a be restricted to patients unresponsive to nebulised therapy or doctor suitably equipped and skilled to intubate.
where nebulised/inhaled therapy is not possible (e.g. a patient receiving bag-mask ventilation). A Cochrane review of intravenous decreases the intubation rate and mortality in however, beta-2 agonists compared with nebulised beta-2 agonists found no its role in patients with severe acute asthma is uncertain. There is evidence of benefit and some evidence of increased side effects insufficient evidence to recommend its routine use in asthma.
compared with inhaled treatment.may be given as either a slow IV injection (250 mcg IV slowly) or continuous Treatment of cardiac arrest.
infusion of 3–20 mcg min−1.
Basic life support.
Give BLS according to standard guidelines.
A Cochrane review of intravenous amino- Ventilation will be difficult because of increased airway resistance; phylline found no evidence of benefit and a higher incidence of try to avoid gastric inflation.
adverse effects (tachycardia, vomiting) compared with standard Advanced life support.
Modifications to standard ALS guide- care Whether aminophylline has a place as an lines include considering the need for early tracheal intubation.
additional therapy after treatment with established medica- The peak airway pressures recorded during ventilation of patients tions such as inhaled beta-agonists and systemic corticosteroids with severe asthma (mean 67.8 ± 11.1 cmH2O in 12 patients) are remains uncertain. If, after obtaining senior advice, the deci- significantly higher than the normal lower oesophageal sphincter sion is taken to administer IV aminophylline, give a loading pressure (approximately 20 cmH2is a significant risk of dose of 5 mg kg−1 over 20–30 min (unless on maintenance ther- gastric inflation and hypoventilation of the lungs when attempting apy), followed by an infusion of 500–700 mcg kg−1 h−1. Maintain to ventilate a severe asthmatic without a tracheal tube. During car- serum theophylline concentrations below 20 mcg mL−1 to avoid diac arrest this risk is even higher, because the lower oesophageal sphincter pressure is substantially less than Leukotriene receptor antagonists.
There are few data on the use Respiratory rates of 8–10 breaths per minute and a tidal vol- of intravenous leukotriene receptor evi- ume required for a normal chest rise during CPR should minimise dence suggests improvement of lung function and a non-significant dynamic hyperinflation of the lungs (air trapping). Tidal volume trend towards reduced hospital admission when the intravenous depends on inspiratory time and inspiratory flow. Lung emptying leukotriene receptor antagonist montelukast was used as a res- depends on expiratory time and expiratory flow. In mechani- cue therapy in adults with acute studies are cally ventilated severe asthmatics, increasing the expiratory time required to confirm the usefulness of leukotriene receptor antago- (achieved by reducing the respiratory rate) provides only moderate nists in this setting.
gains in terms of reduced gas trapping when a minute volume of Intravenous fluids and electrolytes.
Severe or near-fatal asthma less than 10 L min−1 is is associated with dehydration and hypovolaemia, and this will Some case reports have reported ROSC in patients with air trapp- further compromise the circulation in patients with dynamic ing when the tracheal tube was disconnected.dynamic hyperinflation of the lungs. If there is evidence of hypovolaemia or hyperinflation of the lungs is suspected during CPR, compression of dehydration, give IV crystalloids. Beta-2 agonists and steroids may the chest while disconnecting tracheal tube may relieve air trapp- induce hypokalaemia, which should be monitored and corrected ing. Although this procedure is supported by limited evidence, it is with electrolyte supplements as required.
unlikely to be harmful in an otherwise desperate situation.
Heliox is a mixture of helium and oxygen (usually 80:20 Dynamic hyperinflation increases transthoracic or 70:30). A meta-analysis of four clinical trials did not support but modern impedance-compensated biphasic defibrillation wave- the use of heliox in the initial treatment of patients with acute forms are no less effective in patients with a higher impedance.
As with standard ALS defibrillation protocols, consider increasing Sometimes it may be difficult to dis- defibrillation energy if the first shock is unsuccessful and a manual tinguish severe life-threatening asthma from anaphylaxis. Treat defibrillator is available.
patients presenting with severe ‘asthma-like' symptoms, but with- There is no good evidence for the use of open-chest cardiac out pre-existing pulmonary disease (asthma, COPD), as if the compressions in patients with asthma-associated cardiac arrest.
cause was anaphylaxis. In these circumstances, administration of Working through the four Hs and four Ts will identify potentially A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 reversible causes of asthma-related cardiac arrest. Tension pneu- resternotomy or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is mothorax can be difficult to diagnose in cardiac arrest; it may a reasonable option.
be indicated by unilateral expansion of the chest wall, shifting of the trachea and subcutaneous emphysema. Pleural ultrasound in Cardiac arrest associated with neurological disease skilled hands is faster and more sensitive than chest X-ray for the Causes of cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest associated with acute neu- detection of a pneumothorax is suspected, rological disease is relatively uncommon and can occur with perform needle decompression using a large gauge cannula and subarachnoid haemorrhage, intracerebral haemorrhage, epileptic being careful to avoid direct puncture of the lung. Any attempt at seizures, and ischaemic addition brain injury associ- needle decompression should be followed by insertion of a chest ated with trauma can cause cardiac arrest.
tube. Always consider bilateral pneumothoraces in asthma-related Cardiac arrest associated with neurological disease can be due cardiac arrest (see tension pneumothorax).
ECLS can ensure both organ perfusion and gas exchange in cases Loss of consciousness, causing airway obstruction, hypoxaemia of otherwise refractory respiratory and circulatory failure. Cases and respiratory arrest followed by cardiac arrest. Loss of con- of successful treatment of asthma-related cardiac arrest in adults sciousness is also associated with an increased risk of aspiration using ECLS have been reportedhowever, the role of ECLS of gastric contents into the lungs.
in cardiac arrest caused by asthma has never been investigated in Respiratory and cardiac depression caused by compression of the controlled studies. The use of ECLS requires appropriate skills and equipment that may not be available in all hospitals.
Arrhythmias and myocardial dysfunction associated with acute neurological injury and in particular sub-arachnoid haemorr- Patients with ventricular assist devices Introduction. All clinicians caring for patients with ventricular Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) effects about 1 in assist devices (VADs) should have received full training in the pro- every 1000 people with epilepsy.
cedures for equipment failure and the cardiac arrest situation. The management of patients with VADs is more complex, in that a car- Neurological symptoms. Patients can have prodromal signs suggest- diac arrest may be due to mechanical failure and in this situation ing a neurological cause before cardiac arrest such as headache, there may be actions specific to the device that are required. The seizures, impaired consciousness, and focal these are use of external chest compression in patients with ventricular assist often non-specific and can include syncope, shortness of breath and devices has been reviewed.are isolated case reports of chest pain. Cardiac or respiratory arrest occurs in between 3 and successful external chest compression without damage to the VAD.
11% of patents with subarachnoid haemorrhage,the initial External chest compression may be particularly useful to decom- rhythm is usually non-shockable.
press a non-functional right ventricle in cardiac arrests and often the right ventricle may be the cause of the loss of output.
Treatment. Preventive measures for cardiac or respiratory arrest should be aimed at treating the underlying cause. Once cardiac Diagnosis of cardiac arrest. Confirming cardiac arrest in these arrest occurs, follow standard BLS and ALS guidelines. If ROSC is patients may be difficult. A patient with invasive monitoring should achieved, address the underlying cause in addition to standard post be considered to have arrested if the arterial line reads the same resuscitation care.
as the central venous pressure (CVP) line. In patients without Patients with subarachnoid haemorrhage may have ECG invasive monitoring, if the patient has no signs of life and is changes that suggest an acute coronary not breathing, then they should be considered to have suffered a features such as a young age, female gender, non-shockable ini- cardiac arrest. Transthoracic/transoesophageal echocardiography tial rhythm and neurological antecedents (e.g. headache, seizures, (TTE/TOE), capnography or Doppler flow readings in a major artery neurological deficits) are common but non-specific for neurolog- may assist in the diagnosis of whether there is meaningful per- ical cause.with neurological prodromal symptoms fusion. These devices also display pump flow and this should be who achieve ROSC may be considered for CT brain scan. Whether used to assist in a diagnosis of whether there has been a genuine this is done before or after coronary angiography will depend on loss of blood flow, or whether there is just a low flow situation with clinical judgement regarding the likelihood of a subarachnoid hae- reduced conscious level.
morrhage versus acute coronary syndrome.
Management of cardiac arrest. Patients with an implantable left Outcome. Survival depends on the underlying cause and tradi- ventricular assist devices (LVAD) such as a HeartMate (Thoratec, tional factors (e.g. witnessed, bystander CPR) associated with Pleasanton, CA, USA) or HeartWare (HeartWare, Framingham, MA, is poor in those with ROSC after a subarach- USA) device should have the same algorithm followed as the noid who achieve ROSC after a algorithm for arrest after cardiac surgery (see cardiac arrest fol- primary neurological cause of cardiac arrest will often fulfil neu- lowing cardiac surgery). Check the rhythm; perform defibrillation rological criteria for death and should be considered as potential for shockable rhythms (VF/pVT), start pacing for asystole. In pulse- organ donors.
less electrical activity (PEA), turn the pacing off and verify there is no underlying VF, which must be treated by defibrillation. External chest compressions should be performed if immediate resuscitative efforts fail. Importantly, the airway and breathing checks should Introduction. Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since always be performed.
1980. In 2014, more than 1.9 billion (39%) adults were overweight, It is possible for a patient to have asystole or VF, but still have and of these over 600 million (13%) were obese.
adequate cerebral blood flow due to adequate and continued pump The World Health Organization (WHO) uses body mass index flow. If the patient is conscious and responding then you will have (BMI; weight in kg divided by height in m2) to define obesity in more time in which to resolve this arrhythmia and external chest compressions will not be needed.
• overweight (25.0–29.9 kg m−2); Resternotomy should be performed in an established car- • obese (30.0–34.9 kg m−2); diac arrest within 10 days of surgery and after this time, either • very obese (≥35.0 kg m−2).
A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 Many clinical studies have linked BMI to outcomes for a wide operations may cause secondary transportation trauma, or even variety of cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular prohibit safe transfer of obese patient to the Traditional cardiovascular risk factors (hypertension, diabetes, lipid profile, prevalent coronary heart disease, heart failure, and left Outcome. The relation between obesity and outcome from cardiac ventricular hypertrophy) are common in obese patient. Obesity is arrest is unclear. One large registry study has shown that survival associated with increased risk of sudden cardiac from cardiac arrests caused by shockable rhythms (VF/pVT) was causes of death are dilated cardiomyopathy and severe coronary highest in overweight patients but was significantly lower in those who were very contrast, survival to discharge of non- shockable rhythms was similar across all BMI groups. Evidence Modifications to cardiopulmonary resuscitation. No changes to from clinical cohort studies has suggested that overweight and sequence of actions are recommended in resuscitation of obese obese patients may actually have a more favourable short-term and patients, but delivery of effective CPR may be challenging. Physical long-term prognosis than leaner patients once they are successfully and physiological factors related to obesity may adversely affect resuscitated from cardiac arrest.
the delivery of CPR, including patient access and transportation, patient assessment, difficult IV access, airway management, qual- Cardiac arrest associated with pregnancy
ity of chest compressions, the efficacy of vasoactive drugs, and the efficacy of defibrillation because none of these measures are stan- dardised to a patient's BMI or weight.rescuers than usual Mortality related to pregnancy is relatively rare in Europe (esti- may be required to assist in moving the patient and rescuer fatigue, mate 16 per 100,000 live births) although there is a large variation particularly in relation to the delivery of chest compressions, may between fetus must always be considered when necessitate more regular changes of the rescuer than normal.
an adverse cardiovascular event occurs in a pregnant woman. Fetal Chest compressions.
As with all cardiac arrests, chest compres- survival usually depends on maternal survival and initial resusci- sions are most effective when performed with the patient lying on tation efforts should focus on the pregnant mother. Resuscitation a firm surface, but it may be unsafe for the patient and rescuers to guidelines for pregnancy are based largely on case series, extrapola- attempt to move the patient down onto the floor. However, it is not tion from non-pregnant arrests, manikin studies and expert opinion always necessary in obese patients because the heavier torso sinks based on the physiology of pregnancy and changes that occur in into the mattress, leaving less potential for mattress displacement during chest compression.
Significant physiological changes occur during pregnancy, e.g.
In order to maintain sufficient depth of chest compresisons cardiac output, blood volume, minute ventilation and oxygen con- (approximately 5 cm but no more than 6 cm), rescuer fatigue may sumption all increase. Furthermore, the gravid uterus can cause necessitate the need to change rescuers more frequently than the significant compression of iliac and abdominal vessels when the standard 2 min interval. Use of mechanical resuscitation devices is mother is in the supine position, resulting in reduced cardiac output limited by the slope of the anterior chest wall, thoracic dimensions and hypotension.
(sternum height up to 303 mm, and maximal width of 449 mm for piston devices (LUCAS); chest circumference up to 130 cm and max- imal chest width of 380 mm for devices with a load-distributing Causes of cardiac arrest band), and patient weight (up to 136 kg) (AutoPulse).
In developed regions, haemorrhage, embolism (thromboem- Optimal defibrillation energy levels in obese bolic and amniotic fluid), hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, patients are unknown. Unlike monophasic defibrillators, mod- abortion and genital tract sepsis account for most deaths directly ern biphasic defibrillators are impedance-compensated and adjust associated with pregnancy, and pre-existing medical conditions for their output according to the patient's impedance. Two small ret- those indirectly related to of over 2 million rospective studies have demonstrated no apparent weight-based pregnancies in the UK showed that maternal deaths (death dur- influence on defibrillation a biphasic waveform of ing pregnancy, childbirth, or within 42 days after delivery) were 150 J achieving high shock success rates without need for energy associated with cardiac disease, neurological conditions, psychi- protocols for obese patients should atric conditions, and malignancies.quarter of pregnant women therefore follow those recommended for patients with a normal who died in the UK had sepsis, and 1 in 11 had influenza. Pregnant BMI. Consider higher shock energies for defibrillation if initial defi- women can also sustain cardiac arrest from the same causes as brillation attempts fail.
women of the same age group.
Higher inspiration pressure is needed for positive pressure ventilation due to increased intraabdominal Prevention of cardiac arrest in pregnancy Early tracheal intubation by an experienced provider removes the In an emergency, use a systematic ABCDE approach. Many car- need for prolonged bag-valve-mask ventilation, and may reduce diovascular problems associated with pregnancy are caused by any risk of aspiration. In all patients with extreme obesity, difficult intubation must be anticipated, with a clear failed intubation drill if Treat a pregnant patient as follows: necessary.intubation fails, use of a supraglottic airway device • Place the patient in the left lateral position or manually and gently (SAD) with oesophaegeal drainage tube is a suitable option.
displace the uterus to the left.
• Give oxygen, guided by pulse oximetry to correct any hypox- Logistical considerations. A patient's BMI should be considered when organising prehospital resuscitation, especially with regard • Give a fluid bolus if there is hypotension or evidence of hypo- to technical support and number of ambulance crew Special response vehicles modified to carry extremely obese • Immediately re-evaluate the need for any drugs being given.
patients, equipped with extra-wide interiors, reinforced stretch- • Seek expert help early. Obstetric and neonatal specialists should ers and specialised lifting gear, should be used if possible. Weight be involved early in the resuscitation.
limits of both stretchers and hospital beds must be checked prior • Identify and treat the underlying cause, e.g. rapid recognition and to use.of the technical aspects of rescue treatment of sepsis, including early intravenous antibiotics.
A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 Modifications to basic life support third trimester of pregnancy are narrower compared with their post From 20 weeks' gestation, the uterus can compress both the partum state and to non-pregnant intubation inferior vena cava (IVC) and aorta, impeding venous return and may be more difficult in the pregnant, a cardiac output. Uterine obstruction of venous return can cause pre- failed intubation drill and the use of alternative airway devices may arrest hypotension or shock and, in the critically ill patient, may precipitate cardiac cardiac arrest, the compro- mise in venous return and cardiac output by the gravid uterus limits Intravascular access. Early intravenous or intraosseous access will the effectiveness of chest compressions.
enable drug and fluid administration. Aiming for access above the Non-arrest studies show that left lateral tilt improves mater- diaphragm may address any theoretical concerns associated with nal blood pressure, cardiac output and stroke volume delayed circulation caused by IVC compression if drugs are infused improves fetal oxygenation and heart rate.cardiac through sites below the IVC.
arrest data show that the gravid uterus can be shifted away from the IVC in most cases, by placing the patient in 15◦ of left lateral Reversible causes decubitus position.value of relieving aortic or IVC compres- Rescuers should attempt to identify common and reversible sion during CPR is, however, unknown. Unless the pregnant victim causes of cardiac arrest in pregnancy during resuscitation (see spe- is on a tilting operating table, left lateral tilt is not easy to perform cial causes). The 4 Hs and 4 Ts approach helps identify all the whilst maintaining high-quality chest compressions. A variety of common causes of cardiac arrest in pregnancy. Pregnant patients methods to achieve a left lateral tilt have been described including are also at risk of all the other causes of cardiac arrest for their age placing the victim on the rescuers or blankets, group (e.g. anaphylaxis, drug overdose, trauma).
or the Cardiff wedgetheir efficacy in actual cardiac Consider the use of abdominal ultrasound by a skilled opera- arrests is unknown. Even when a tilting table is used, the angle tor to detect possible causes during cardiac arrest; however, do of tilt is often a manikin study, the ability to not delay other treatments and minimise interruptions to chest provide effective chest compressions decreased as the angle of left lateral tilt increased and at an angle of greater than 30◦ the manikin Specific causes of cardiac arrest in pregnancy include the fol- The key steps for BLS in a pregnant patient are: Haemorrhage. Life-threatening haemorrhage can occur both ante- Call for expert help early (including an obstetrician and a neona- natally and Postpartum haemorrhage is the commonest single cause of maternal death worldwide and is esti- Start BLS according to standard guidelines.
mated to cause one maternal death every 7 min.
Ensure high-quality chest compressions with minimal interrup- include ectopic pregnancy, placental abruption, placenta praevia, placenta accreta, and uterine rupture.massive haemorrhage The hand position for chest compressions may need to be slightly protocol must be used in all units and should be updated in conjunc- higher on the sternum for patients with advanced pregnancy e.g.
tion with the blood bank. Women at high risk of bleeding should be third trimester.
delivered in centres with facilities for blood transfusion, intensive Manually displace the uterus to the left to reduce IVC compres- care and other interventions, and plans should be made in advance for their management. Treatment is based on an ABCDE approach.
Add left lateral tilt if this is feasible and ensure the chest remains The key step is to stop the bleeding.
supported on a firm surface (e.g. in the operating room) – the Consider the following optimal angle of tilt is unknown. Aim for between 15 and 30◦.
• Fluid resuscitation, including use of rapid transfusion system and Even a small amount of tilt may be better than no tilt. The angle of tilt used needs to enable high-quality chest compressions and • Oxytocin and prostaglandin analogues to correct uterine if needed, allow Caesarean delivery of the fetus.
Start preparing for emergency Caesarean section (see below) – • Massaging the uterus.
the fetus will need to be delivered if initial resuscitation efforts • Correction of coagulopathy including use of tranexamic acid and/or recombinant activated factor • Uterine balloon tamponade or packing.
Modifications to advanced life support • Uterine compression Defibrillation. For cardiac arrest with a shockable rhythm (VF/pVT) • Angiography and endovascular embolisation.
attempt defibrillation as soon as possible. There is no change in transthoracic impedance during pregnancy, suggesting that • Aortic cross-clamping in catastrophic haemorrhage.
standard shock energies for defibrillation attempts should be used in pregnant is no evidence that shocks from a Cardiovascular disease. Myocardial infarction and aneurysm or direct current defibrillator have adverse effects on the fetal heart.
dissection of the aorta or its branches, and peripartum cardiomy- opathy cause most deaths from acquired cardiac disease.
Airway management. During pregnancy, there is a greater potential Patients with known cardiac disease need to be managed in a for gastro-oesophageal sphincter insufficiency and risk of pul- specialist unit. Pregnant women may develop an acute coronary monary aspiration of gastric contents.pregnant syndrome, typically in association with risk factors such as obesity, patients are at risk of aspiration, oxygenation and ventilation is older age, higher parity, smoking, diabetes, pre-existing hyperten- the priority over aspiration prevention. Early tracheal intubation sion and a family history of ischaemic heart will however make ventilation of the lungs easier in the presence patients can have atypical features such as epigastric pain and of increased intra-abdominal pressure.
vomiting. Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is the reper- A tracheal tube 0.5–1 mm internal diameter (ID) smaller than fusion strategy of choice for ST-elevation myocardial infarction that used for a non-pregnant woman of similar size may be nec- in pregnancy. Thrombolysis should be considered if urgent PCI is essary because of maternal airway narrowing from oedema and unavailable. A review of 200 cases of thrombolysis for massive documented that the upper airways in the pulmonary embolism in pregnancy reported a maternal death rate A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 of 1% and concluded that thrombolytic therapy is reasonably safe of the twelve women had ROSC after delivery, with two maternal and five newborn survivors. Maternal case fatality rate was 83%.
Increasing numbers of women with congenital heart disease are Neonatal case fatality rate was becoming pregnant.failure and arrhythmias are the com- Delivery will relieve IVC compression and may improve chances monest problems, especially in those with cyanotic heart disease.
of maternal resuscitation. The Caesarean delivery also enables Pregnant women with known congenital heart disease should be access to the infant so that newborn resuscitation can begin.
managed in specialist centres.
Decision-making for emergency hysterotomy (Caesarean section).
Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia. Eclampsia is defined as the devel- The gravid uterus reaches a size that will begin to compro- opment of convulsions and/or unexplained coma during preg- mise aorto-caval blood flow at approximately 20 weeks gestation; nancy or postpartum in patients with signs and symptoms of however, fetal viability begins at approximately 24–25 sulphate is effective in preven- Portable ultrasound is available in some emergency departments ting approximately half of the cases of eclampsia developing and may aid in determination of gestational age (in experienced in labour or immediately postpartum in women with pre- hands) and positioning, provided its use does not delay the decision eclampsia.Use magnesium sulphate infusion for the to perform emergency treatment of eclampsia.
At gestational age less than 20 weeks, urgent Caesarean delivery need not be considered, because a gravid uterus of this size is Pulmonary embolism. The estimated incidence of pulmonary unlikely to significantly compromise maternal cardiac output.
embolism is 1–1.5 per 10,000 pregnancies, with a case fatality of At gestational age approximately 20–23 weeks, initiate emer- 3.5% (95% CI factors include obesity, increased gency hysterotomy to enable successful resuscitation of the age, and immobility. Successful use of fibrinolytics for massive, mother, not survival of the delivered infant, which is unlikely at life-threatening pulmonary embolism in pregnant women has been this gestational age.
• At gestational age approximately ≥24–25 weeks, initiate emer- gency hysterotomy to save the life of both the mother and the Amniotic fluid embolism. Amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) usually presents around the time of delivery with sudden cardiovascu- lar collapse, breathlessness, cyanosis, arrhythmias, hypotension Post resuscitation care and haemorrhage associated with disseminated intravascular Post resuscitation care should follow standard guidelines. Tar- coagulopathy.Patients may have warning signs preceding geted temperature management (TTM) has been used safely and collapse including breathlessness, chest pain, feeling cold, light- effectively in early pregnancy with fetal heart monitoring and headedness, distress, panic, a feeling of pins and needles in the resulted in favourable maternal and fetal outcome after a term fingers, nausea, and vomiting. The UK Obstetric Surveillance System cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) have (UKOSS) identified 120 cases of AFE between 2005 and 2014 with been used in patients during pregnancy.
a total and fatal incidence estimated as 1.7 and 0.3 per 100,000, respectively, and association with older maternal age, multiple Preparation for cardiac arrest in pregnancy pregnancy, placenta praevia and induction of labour, instrumental ALS in pregnancy requires coordination of maternal resuscita- vaginal and Caesarean tion, Caesarean delivery of the fetus and newborn resuscitation Treatment is supportive, as there is no specific therapy based on ideally within 5 min.
an ABCDE approach and correction of coagulopathy. Successful use To achieve this, units likely to deal with cardiac arrest in preg- of extracorporeal life support techniques for women suffering life- threatening amniotic fluid embolism during labour and delivery is have plans and equipment in place for resuscitation of both the pregnant woman and newborn Peri-mortem delivery of the fetus ensure early involvement of obstetric, anaesthetic and neonatal Consider the need for an emergency hysterotomy or Cae- sarean section as soon as a pregnant woman goes into cardiac ensure regular training in obstetric arrest. In some circumstances immediate resuscitation attempts will restore a perfusing rhythm; in early pregnancy this may enable the pregnancy to proceed to term. Three observational studies of 154 subjects collectivelyvery low quality evi- dence regarding the use of peri-mortem Caesarean section. Based More than 50% of people resuscitated from OHCAs in the United on expert opinion, when initial resuscitation attempts fail, delivery States are aged 65 years or incidence of cardiac arrests of the fetus may improve the chances of successful resuscitation of in elderly people is likely to increase as the world population ages.
the mother and fetus.systematic review documented 38 The incidence of cardiac arrest increases with age. In males, the cases of Caesarean section during CPR, with 34 surviving infants and incidence of OHCA at 80 years of age is about seven times greater 13 maternal survivors at discharge, suggesting that Caesarean sec- than at 40 years of females above 70 years of age it is more tion may have improved maternal and neonatal outcomes.
than 40 times greater than in women below 45 years of age. In an best survival rate for infants over 24–25 weeks' gestation occurs observational study on in-hospital cardiac arrest patients above 65 when delivery of the infant is achieved within 5 min after the years of age accounted for 46% of the total hospital admissions in the mother's cardiac requires that the provider study period and for 65% of the ward cardiac this study, commence the hysterotomy at about 4 min after cardiac arrest. At the incidence of arrests was more than twice that in the younger older gestational ages (30–38 weeks), infant survival is possible patient population (2.2 versus 1.0 per 1000 patient admissions).
even when delivery was after 5 min from the onset of maternal cardiac case series suggests increased use of Caesarean Causes of cardiac arrest section during CPR with team in this series no deliv- The incidence of both coronary heart disease and chronic heart eries were achieved within 5 min after starting resuscitation. Eight failure increases with age. As a consequence, elderly people have A. Truhláˇr et al. / Resuscitation 95 (2015) 148–201 an increased incidence of cardiac causes of arrest.the showed a significantly lower long-term survival than an age- and proportion of deaths that are sudden (i.e. due to a primary ven- gender-matched controls, while this was not observed in younger tricular arrhythmia) decreases with age, due to a parallel increase in the proportion of deaths due to other cardiovascular In those who do survive, neurological outcome is good in elderly The incidence of PEA as the first recorded rhythm increases signif- survivors of cardiac arrest, with 95% having a cerebral performance icantly with a parallel decrease of the incidence of category (CPC) score of 1–2 on discharge from ICU72% at shockable rhythms Deterioration of vital signs leading to cardiac arrest is detected Decision to resuscitate less accurately in elderly patients, compared with younger Elderly patients with cardiac arrest are significantly less likely signs of acute life-threatening conditions such to receive resuscitation than younger decid- as sepsis,myocardial heart failure ing to resuscitate elderly patients, age alone should not be the only often blunted or non-specific in elderly patients, resulting in less criterion to consider and other more established criteria, i.e. wit- physiological aberration and a lower Modified Early Warning Score nessed status, resuscitation times, and first recorded rhythm, are (MEWS) in the 4 h preceding cardiac arrest.
important addition, we suggest that pre-arrest fac- tors, such as the degree of autonomy, quality of life, mental status and the presence of major comorbidities, should also be consid- Management of periarrest conditions. Ageing is associated with sev- ered. Whenever possible, a decision to resuscitate or not, should be eral pathophysiological changes that should be taken into account discussed in advance with the patient and his/her family (see ethics when managing peri-arrest conditions. Increasing age is associated of resuscitation and end-of-life decisions).
with autonomic and baroreflex dysfunction and with myocar- dial stiffening which impairs early diastolic addition, elderly critically ill patients are often hypovolaemic due to a reduc- tion of both fluid intake and urine-concentrating changes compromise the cardiovascular response to fluid loss or Alessandro Barelli, Intensive Care Medicine and Clinical Toxicology, postural changes and increase the hypotensive effect of sedatives Catholic University School of Medicine, Rome, Italy and other vasoactive drugs. Elderly patients are at increased risk of Bernd W. Böttiger, Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive severe hypotension during emergency airway management.
Care Medicine, University Hospital of Cologne, Cologne, Germany Atrial fibrillation is the most common supraventricular arrhyth- Marios Georgiou, American Medical Center, Nicosia, Cyprus mia in the elderly. It often causes cardiovascular compromise due Anthony J. Handley, Honorary Consultant Physician, Colchester, UK to loss of the atrial contribution for diastolic filling, particularly in Thomas Lindner, Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, the elderly who have reduced ventricular compliance. Hypotension Stavanger University Hospital, Stavanger, Norway; Norwegian Air and an increased heart rate may reduce coronary perfusion and Ambulance Foundation, Drøbak, Norway precipitate cardiac ischaemia, which is more likely in an elderly Mark J. Midwinter, NIHR Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology population with a greater incidence of coronary artery disease.
Research Centre, University of Birmingham, UK Older patients are more likely to develop apnea or respi- Koenraad G. Monsieurs, Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine ratory depression following the administration of opioid or and Health Sciences, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium; lower baseline oxygen tension also Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Ghent, increases the risk of developing hypoxia. Advancing age is asso- Ghent, Belgium; Emergency Medicine, Ghent University, Ghent, ciated with an increased rate of comorbidities. Elderly patients often take several medications, which may interfere with drugs Wolfgang A. Wetsch, Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive administered in peri-arrest conditions. The incidence of adverse Care Medicine, University Hospital of Cologne, Cologne, Germany drug reactions in the elderly is 2–3 times higher than in younger Conflicts of interest
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