- Pulseless Electrical Activity Complicating Neonatal Resuscitation. [Case Reports]
- NNeonatology 2018 Oct 23; 115(2):95-98
- CONCLUSIONS: Further prospective studies are needed to determine the true incidence of PEA in the delivery room setting as well as its prognosis in newborns.
- Pulseless electrical activity is associated with improved survival in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest with initial non-shockable rhythm. [Journal Article]
- RResuscitation 2018 Oct 21; 133:147-152
- CONCLUSIONS: Between 1990 and 2016, the proportion of PEA as the first recorded rhythm doubled with a five-fold increase in 30-day survival, while survival among patients with asystole remained at low levels. PEA and asystole should be considered separate entities in clinical decision-making and be reported separately in observational studies and clinical trials.
- Adherence to Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Guidelines Across a Spectrum of Fifty Emergency Departments: A Prospective, In Situ, Simulation-based Study. [Journal Article]
- AEAcad Emerg Med 2018 Sep 08
- CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrated variable adherence to pediatric cardiac arrest guidelines across a spectrum of EDs. Overall adherence was not associated with ED pediatric volume. Medium-high-volume EDs demonstrated the highest levels of adherence for BLS and PEA. Lower-volume EDs were noted to have lower adherence to BLS guidelines. Improved adherence was not directly associated with higher PRS score provider experience, simulation teamwork performance, or more providers with PALS training. This study demonstrates that current approaches optimizing the care of children in cardiac arrest in the ED (provider training, teamwork training, environmental preparation) are insufficient.
- Characteristics and Prognosis of Exercise-Related Sudden Cardiac Arrest. [Journal Article]
- FCFront Cardiovasc Med 2018; 5:102
- Introduction: The previous studies about exercise-related sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) have mainly focused on sports activity, but information related to SCA in other forms of physical exercise is lac...
Introduction: The previous studies about exercise-related sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) have mainly focused on sports activity, but information related to SCA in other forms of physical exercise is lacking. Our aim was to identify characteristics and prognosis of SCA victims in the general population who suffered SCA during physical activity. Methods and results: We collected retrospectively all cases of attempted resuscitation in Oulu University Hospital Area between 2007 and 2012. A total of 300 cases were of cardiac origin. We only included witnessed cases with Emergency Medical System arrival time ≤15 min. Cases of low-intensity physical activity were excluded. A total of 47 SCAs occurred during moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (exercise-group) and 43 cases took place at rest (rest-group). The subjects in exercise-group were younger compared to the rest-group (60 ± 14 years vs. 67 ± 14 years, p = 0.016). The initial rhythm recorded was more often ventricular fibrillation (VF) in exercise-group compared to the rest-group (77 vs. 50%, p = 0.010). Pulseless electrical activity (PEA) was rare in exercise-group compared to the rest -group (2.1 vs. 14%, p = 0.033, respectively). Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was more often performed when SCA took place during physical exercise (47 vs. 23 %, p = 0.020). Survival rates to hospital discharge were higher in the exercise-group compared to the rest -group (49 vs. 9.3%, p < 0.0001). Conclusions: SCA occurring during physical activity is more frequently a result of VF and bystander CPR is more often performed. There is also a notably better survival rate to hospital discharge.
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- Pulseless electrical activity (PEA), also known as electromechanical dissociation, is a clinical condition characterized by unresponsiveness and impalpable pulse in the presence of sufficient electri...
Pulseless electrical activity (PEA), also known as electromechanical dissociation, is a clinical condition characterized by unresponsiveness and impalpable pulse in the presence of sufficient electrical discharge. A lack of ventricular impulse often points to the absence of ventricular contraction, but the opposite is not always true. It means that the electrical activity is a pertinent, but not sufficient, condition for contraction. In case of cardiac arrest, the organized ventricular electrical activity does not usually follow sufficient ventricular response. The word “sufficient” is being used to describe a degree of ventricular mechanical activity that is adequate to generate a palpable pulse. Pulseless electrical activity does not necessarily mean the lack of mechanical activity. There can be ventricular contractions and detectable pressures in the aorta which are also known as pseudo-PEA. True pulseless electrical activity is a state in which cardiac contractions are lacking in the presence of coordinated electrical impulses. Pulseless electrical activity can include a number of organized cardiac rhythms that may be supraventricular in origin (sinus versus nonsinus) or ventricular in origin (accelerated idioventricular or escape). An impalpable pulse should not always be taken as a pulseless electrical activity because it may be due to severe peripheral vascular abnormality.
- On the Efficacy of Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation and Epinephrine Following Cyanide- and H2S Intoxication-Induced Cardiac Asystole. [Journal Article]
- CTCardiovasc Toxicol 2018; 18(5):436-449
- This study was aimed at determining the efficacy of epinephrine, followed by chest compressions, in producing a return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) during cyanide (CN)- or hydrogen sulfide (H2S)...
This study was aimed at determining the efficacy of epinephrine, followed by chest compressions, in producing a return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) during cyanide (CN)- or hydrogen sulfide (H2S)-induced toxic cardiac pulseless electrical activity (PEA) in the rat. Thirty-nine anesthetized rats were exposed to either intravenous KCN (n = 27) or H2S solutions (n = 12), at a rate that led to a PEA within less than 10 min. In the group intoxicated by CN, 20 rats were mechanically ventilated and received either epinephrine (0.1 mg/kg i.v. n = 10) followed by chest compressions or saline (n = 10, "control CN") when in PEA. PEA was defined as a systolic pressure below 20 mmHg and a pulse pressure of less than 5 mmHg for 1 min. In addition, seven spontaneously breathing rats were also exposed to the same CN protocol, but infusion was stopped when a central apnea occurred; then, as soon as a PEA occurred, epinephrine (0.1 mg/kg IV) was administered while providing manual chest compressions and mechanical ventilation (CPR). Finally, 12 rats were intoxicated with H2S, while mechanically ventilated, and received either saline (n = 6, "control H2S") or epinephrine (n = 6) with CPR when in PEA. None of the control-intoxicated animals resuscitated (10 rats in the control CN group and 6 in the control H2S group). In contrast, all the animals intoxicated with CN or H2S that received epinephrine followed by chest compressions, returned to effective circulation. In addition, half of the spontaneously breathing CN-intoxicated animals that achieved ROSC after epinephrine resumed spontaneous breathing. In all the animals achieving ROSC, blood pressure, cardiac output, peripheral blood flow and [Formula: see text]O2 returned toward baseline, but remained lower than the pre-intoxication levels (p < 0.01) with a persistent lactic acidosis. Epinephrine, along with CPR maneuvers, was highly effective in resuscitating rodents intoxicated with CN or H2S. Since epinephrine is readily available in any ambulance, its place as an important countermeasure against mitochondrial poisons should be advocated. It remains critical to determine whether the systematic administration of epinephrine to any victims found hypotensive following CN or H2S intoxication could prevent PEA, decrease post-ischemic brain injury and increase the efficacy of current antidotes by improving the circulatory status.
- ECG changes during resuscitation of patients with initial pulseless electrical activity are associated with return of spontaneous circulation. [Journal Article]
- RResuscitation 2018; 127:31-36
- CONCLUSIONS: Changes in ECG characteristics during ALS in cardiac arrest presenting as PEA are related to prognosis. An increase in heart rate was observed in the last 3-6 min before ROSC was obtained.
- Digoxin use in systemic light-chain (AL) amyloidosis: contra-indicated or cautious use? [Journal Article]
- AAmyloid 2018; 25(2):86-92
- CONCLUSIONS: Digoxin may be cautiously utilized in AL amyloidosis patients. We suggest its use in lower doses and frequent drug concentration monitoring along with close monitoring of electrolytes and renal function. Nonetheless, toxicity at low serum concentration cannot be excluded due to potential for toxic concentration at the tissue level and should be taken under consideration when prescribing digoxin for these patients. Studies with higher-level evidence are needed to confirm these findings.
- Novel patterns of left ventricular mechanical activity during experimental cardiac arrest in pigs. [Journal Article]
- PRPhysiol Res 2018 Jul 17; 67(3):391-399
- We conducted an experimental study to evaluate the presence of coordinated left ventricular mechanical myocardial activity (LVMA) in two types of experimentally induced cardiac arrest: ventricular fi...
We conducted an experimental study to evaluate the presence of coordinated left ventricular mechanical myocardial activity (LVMA) in two types of experimentally induced cardiac arrest: ventricular fibrillation (VF) and pulseless electrical activity (PEA). Twenty anesthetized domestic pigs were randomized 1:1 either to induction of VF or PEA. They were left in nonresuscitated cardiac arrest until the cessation of LVMA and microcirculation. Surface ECG, presence of LVMA by transthoracic echocardiography and sublingual microcirculation were recorded. One minute after induction of cardiac arrest, LVMA was identified in all experimental animals. In the PEA group, rate of LVMA was of 106+/-12/min. In the VF group, we identified two patterns of LVMA. Six animals exhibited contractions of high frequency (VFhigh group), four of low frequency (VFlow group) (334+/-12 vs. 125+/-32/min, p<0.001). A time from cardiac arrest induction to asystole (19.2+/-7.2 vs. 7.3+/-2.2 vs. 8.3+/-5.5 min, p=0.003), cessation of LVMA (11.3+/-5.6 vs. 4.4+/-0.4 vs. 7.4+/-2.9 min, p=0.027) and cessation of microcirculation (25.3+/-12.6 vs. 13.4+/-2.4 vs. 23.2+/-8.7 min, p=0.050) was significantly longer in VFlow group than in VFhigh and PEA group, respectively. Thus, LVMA is present in both VF and PEA type of induced cardiac arrest and moreover, VF may exhibit various patterns of LVMA.
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- The dead and the dying - a difficult part of EMS transport: A Swiss cross-sectional study. [Journal Article]
- PlosPLoS One 2018; 13(2):e0191879
- CONCLUSIONS: The low ED mortality rate of 0.9% shows that only a few dying patients are transported to hospital. However, transport to hospital has to be carefully evaluated, especially for elderly patients with asystole or PEA due to medical conditions. The low CPR rate from bystanders demonstrates that public CPR training should be promoted further. The use of Lucas™2 did not reduce the operating time on site. For further investigations, comparison with survivors would be needed.