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INTRODUCTION Many patients who suffer cardiac arrest do not respond to standard cardiopulmonary resuscitation. There is growing interest in utilizing veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation assisted cardiopulmonary resuscitation (E-CPR) in the management of refractory cardiac arrest. We describe our preliminary experiences in establishing an E-CPR(More)
HYPOTHESIS This project tested the hypothesis that computer-aided decision support during the first 30 minutes of trauma resuscitation reduces management errors. DESIGN Ours was a prospective, open, randomized, controlled interventional study that evaluated the effect of real-time, computer-prompted, evidence-based decision and action algorithms on error(More)
Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is a common initial presentation of cardiovascular disease, affecting up to 325 000 people in the United States each year.1 In a recent meta-analysis of 140 000 patients with OHCA, survival to hospital admission was 23.8%, and survival to hospital discharge was only 7.6%.2 In patients who initially achieve return of(More)
OBJECTIVE Post-resuscitation care may influence outcome following transport to hospital after resuscitation from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). This study aimed to determine whether receiving hospital characteristics such as 24-h cardiac catheterisation services, total bed number or OHCA patient volume influence the rate of survival. SETTING Data(More)
Survival rates after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) continue to be poor. Recent evidence suggests that a more aggressive approach to postresuscitation care, in particular combining therapeutic hypothermia with early coronary intervention, can improve prognosis. We performed a single-center review of 125 patients who were resuscitated from OHCA in 2(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies have suggested gender differences in out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) including outcomes favouring young women. We aimed to investigate these findings in an Australian OHCA population using the Victorian Ambulance Cardiac Arrest Registry (VACAR). METHODS AND RESULTS The VACAR was searched for adult presumed cardiac OHCAs(More)
The no reflow phenomenon is reported to occur in >2% of all percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) and portends a poor prognosis. We analyzed data from 5,286 consecutive patients who underwent PCI from the Melbourne Interventional Group (MIG) registry from April 2004 through January 2008 who had 30-day follow-up completed. Patients without no reflow(More)
BACKGROUND Withdrawing life-sustaining therapy because of perceived poor neurological prognosis (WLST-N) is a common cause of hospital death after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). Although current guidelines recommend against WLST-N before 72h (WLST-N<72), this practice is common and may increase mortality. We sought to quantify these effects. (More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to use cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging and invasive left ventricular (LV) pressure-volume (PV) measurements to explore the relationship between diffuse myocardial fibrosis and indexes of diastolic performance in a cohort of cardiac transplant recipients. BACKGROUND The precise mechanism of LV diastolic(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to evaluate the clinical outcomes of patients with myocardial infarction (MI) complicated by out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). BACKGROUND Controversy remains regarding the benefit of early PCI in patients with MI complicated by OHCA. METHODS We analyzed the outcomes of 88(More)