Successful CPR in a severely hypothermic patient using continuous thoracostomy lavage.

Abstract

Severe hypothermia with cardiopulmonary arrest often requires prolonged resuscitation while rewarming procedures are implemented. A 63-year-old male in cardiopulmonary arrest with a core body temperature of 23.7 C was resuscitated successfully after core rewarming by means of a two-chest-tube continuous thoracostomy lavage procedure. This lavage procedure resulted in effective and rapid rewarming after other conventional rewarming methods had failed.

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@article{Iversen1990SuccessfulCI, title={Successful CPR in a severely hypothermic patient using continuous thoracostomy lavage.}, author={Randi Iversen and Suzanne H Atkin and Michael Jaker and M A Quadrel and Bartholomew J Tortella and John W. Odom}, journal={Annals of emergency medicine}, year={1990}, volume={19 11}, pages={1335-7} }