Accumulating evidence suggests benefit of extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (E-CPR) in patients with refractory cardiac arrest by using venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Appropriate patient selection for E-CPR is cumbersome and still debated. We describe a 56-year-old male who developed refractory ventricular fibrillation upon arrival at the emergency department and was successfully treated by urgent E-CPR. Patient selection, complications and the need to adapt the chain of survival are discussed.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Acta Anaesthesiologica Belgica|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
- E-CPR (extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitaion)
- ECLS (extracorporeal life support)
- ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation)
- Out-of-hospital resuscition