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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)
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)
INTRODUCTION Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) significantly reduce mortality in patients with left ventricular (LV) dysfunction. However, little is known of the predictors of appropriate device activation in the primary prevention population. The aim of the present study was to determine predictors of appropriate device therapy in patients(More)
Mitral valve surgery is the gold standard therapy for severe mitral regurgitation, but can be associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Percutaneous mitral leaflet repair has recently been established as a viable alternative to surgery, but many patients are ineligible and repair may not be optimal. Transcatheter mitral valve implantation may be(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)
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)
BACKGROUND Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) program experience and advances present opportunities to introduce minimalist clinical pathways. The purpose of this study was to determine the safety and feasibility of preprocedural individualized risk stratification for general anaesthesia and transesophageal echocardiography (GA/TEE) or awake TAVR(More)
BACKGROUND Currently many emergency medical services (EMS) that provide advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) at scene do not routinely transport out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) patients without sustained return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC). This is due to logistical difficulties and historical poor outcomes. However, new technology for mechanical(More)