Catherina A van Beek

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BACKGROUND Coronary thrombosis and pulmonary thromboembolism are common causes of cardiac arrest. We assessed whether the administration of tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) during cardiopulmonary resuscitation would benefit patients with cardiac arrest and pulseless electrical activity of unknown or presumed cardiovascular cause. METHODS Patients who(More)
BACKGROUND Endogenous adenosine might cause or perpetuate bradyasystole. Our aim was to determine whether aminophylline, an adenosine antagonist, increases the rate of return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. METHODS In a double-blind trial, we randomly assigned 971 patients older than 16 years with asystole or(More)
INTRODUCTION It may be appropriate for nurse practitioners (NPs) to provide care for a subset of emergency department (ED) patients with non-urgent problems. Our objective was to determine the attitude of ED patients with minor problems to being treated by an NP. METHODS Consecutive adults who presented to this tertiary ED on weekdays between 8 am and 4(More)
BACKGROUND The emergency department (ED) is a unique potential location for recruitment into studies of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies. We sought to determine the stated willingness of ED patients with musculoskeletal complaints to participate in CAM research for their presenting problem, and to determine the characteristics of this(More)
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