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Improved neurologic outcomes after cardiac arrest with combined administration of vasopressin, steroids, and epinephrine compared to epinephrine alone

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 April 2015

Tudor Botnaru
Affiliation:
Emergency Medicine Residency Program, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, QC
Tawfeeq Altherwi
Affiliation:
Emergency Medicine Residency Program, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, QC
Jerrald Dankoff
Affiliation:
Department of Emergency Medicine, Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, QC
Corresponding

Abstract

Clinical question

Is a vasopressin, steroid, and epinephrine (VSE) protocol for in-hospital cardiac arrest resuscitation associated with better survival to hospital discharge with favourable neurologic outcome compared to epinephrine alone?

Article chosen

Mentzelopoulos S, Malachias S, Konstantopoulos D, et al. Vasopressin, steroids, and epinephrine and neurologically favorable survival after in-hospital cardiac arrest: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA 2013;310:270-9.

Objective

To determine if a VSE protocol during cardiopulmonary resuscitation with hydrocortisone administration in patients with postresuscitative shock at 4 hours after return of spontaneous circulation would improve survival to hospital discharge with favourable neurologic outcome.

Type
Knowledge to Practice: Journal Club
Copyright
Copyright © Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians 2015 

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