Extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation for refractory ventricular fibrillation: A rescue bridge to reperfusion

A. P. Hall*, T. S.R. Delnoij, D. W. Donker

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-178
Number of pages4
JournalActa Anaesthesiologica Belgica
Volume65
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • E-CPR (extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitaion)
  • ECLS (extracorporeal life support)
  • ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation)
  • Out-of-hospital resuscition
  • Resuscitation

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