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Letter

Cerebral oximetry during extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Fabio Silvio Taccone1*, David Fagnoul1, Benoit Rondelet2, Jean-Louis Vincent1 and Daniel de Backer1

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Intensive Care, Hôpital Erasme, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Route de Lennik, 808, 1070 Brussels, Belgium

2 Department of Lung Transplantation, Hôpital Erasme, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Route de Lennik, 808, 1070 Brussels, Belgium

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Critical Care 2013, 17:409  doi:10.1186/cc11929

Published: 28 January 2013

First paragraph (this article has no abstract)

We report a case in which cerebral oximetry was used to optimize brain perfusion in a patient receiving extra-corporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (eCPR) after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). A 52-year-old woman (height of 165 cm and weight of 67 kg) had an OHCA secondary to acute myocardial infarction. The ambulance arrived on the scene 10 minutes after the call, and mechanical CPR (Lucas; Physio Control Inc., Brussels, Belgium) was initiated. She was finally transferred to our hospital with ongoing CPR 50 minutes after the initial call. Monitoring of frontal oxygenation (Foresight; Casmed, Branford, CT, USA; normal values of greater than 65%) was started, and tissue hemoglobin saturation (StO2) values of around 30% were shown during CPR (Figure 1). A right radial artery catheter was inserted and an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) veno-arterial device was placed in the femoral vessels within 30 minutes after admission. Just after initiation of ECMO (with blood flow of 3 L/minute, sweep gas flow of 10 L/minute, and fraction of inspired oxygen (FiO2) of 100%), the mean arterial pressure (MAP) was 67 mm Hg, temperature was 33°C, arterial partial oxygen pressure (PaO2) was 78 mm Hg, blood lactate was 10 mEq/L, and StO2 had increased to 47% bilaterally. After 4 minutes with persistently low StO2 values, we increased the ECMO blood flow to 3.5 L/minute, which resulted in increases in MAP to 73 mm Hg, PaO2 to 83 mm Hg, and StO2 to around 60%. Arterial lactate levels were still very high (9.5 mEq/L), and the patient had mottled skin. The ECMO blood flow was then increased to 4 L/minute, which resulted in increases in MAP to 83 mm Hg and StO2 to greater than 75% in both hemispheres. Despite recovery of spontaneous cardiac activity, the patient died from severe hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy and multiple organ failure.