A 55 year old man has just undergone endotracheal intubation for severe asthma. Immediately post intubation, his systolic blood pressure falls to 80 mmHg.
Compare and contrast the cardiac arrest algorithm for asystole between adults and children older than one year.
A 47 year old man with a history of hypertension and depression has presented to your emergency department following deliberate self poisoning approximately 3hrs ago with 20 x 240mg slow release verapamil tablets.
Perhaps hospitals were a little hasty in becoming “smoke-free” zones – next time I lead a code I might see if anyone volunteers to be the pipe operator for a good old-fashioned tobacco smoke enema… From Eisenberg, MS. Life in the balance: emergency medicine and the quest to reverse sudden death. 1997; Oxford University Press. […]
Latest Guidelines International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR). 2005 International Consensus Conference on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiac Care Science with Treatment Recommendations. Resuscitation 2005; 67: 157-342. [Reference] European Resuscitation Council Guidelines for Resuscitation 2005. Adult, paediatric and neonatal resuscitation, and much more (see later). Resuscitation 2005; 67 (Suppl 1):S1-S190. [Reference] American Heart Association (AHA). […]