Erythropoietin facilitates the return of spontaneous circulation and survival in victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

@article{Grmec2009ErythropoietinFT,
  title={Erythropoietin facilitates the return of spontaneous circulation and survival in victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.},
  author={Stefek Grmec and Matej Strnad and Dejan Kupnik and Andreja Sinkovi{\vc} and Ra{\'u}l J Gazmuri},
  journal={Resuscitation},
  year={2009},
  volume={80 6},
  pages={631-7}
}
BACKGROUND Erythropoietin activates potent protective mechanisms in non-hematopoietic tissues including the myocardium. In a rat model of ventricular fibrillation, erythropoietin preserved myocardial compliance enabling hemodynamically more effective CPR. OBJECTIVE To investigate whether intravenous erythropoietin given within 2 min of physician-led CPR improves outcome from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. METHODS Erythropoietin (90,000 IU of beta-epoetin, n=24) was compared prospectively… CONTINUE READING

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