Is there still a place for vasopressors in the treatment of cardiac arrest?
Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Catholic University School of Medicine, Rome, Italy
Critical Care 2012, 16:213 doi:10.1186/cc11227Published: 20 March 2012
First paragraph (this article has no abstract)
Around 300,000 people in the United States experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year, and less than 10% of them survive to hospital discharge . Survival is only slightly better for in-hospital cardiac arrest . While provision of basic measures like bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or early defibrillation is consistently associated with better survival , the benefit of advanced life support (ALS) measures, such as ventilation with advanced airway and administration of drugs, has not been clearly demonstrated .