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External Validation of Pittsburgh Cardiac Arrest Category (PCAC) Illness Severity Score

Background Information: Multiple illness severity scores have been developed for use after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) and in-hospital cardiac arrest (IHCA). Unfortunately, these rely on information that is not immediately available to providers in the early hours following return of …

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Effect of Intra-Arrest Transport and eCPR on Neurologic Outcomes in Refractory OHCA

Background Information: Refractory out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is defined as prolonged cardiac arrest and cardiac arrest without return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC). In addition to an already morbid condition, the chances of these patients surviving drops below 5% …

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REBEL Cast Ep106: The COCA Trial – Calcium in Cardiac Arrest

Background: The utility of pharmacological interventions for patients with OHCA are rather limited with no robust evidence that they improve outcomes.  Calcium, one of the pharmacological options has both inotropic and vasopressor effects. Additionally, calcium plays an important role in …

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REBEL Cast Ep104: VAM-IHCA – Vasopressin and Methylprednisolone for In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

Background: Two prior trials compared the addition of vasopressin 20 IU (for each dose of epinephrine) and methylprednisolone 40mg to placebo for in hospital cardiac arrest. The 1st trial was published in 2009 [2] and the second in 2013 [3].  …

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Are You Pausing Too Long During CPR?

Background: Outside of early defibrillation and high-quality CPR, little has been shown to improve outcomes in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). In theory, rapid identification of the underlying cause of arrest can be beneficial. Many emergency clinicians have adopted Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) …

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