Vol 6, No 1 (2021)
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Implementation of extended cardiopulmonary resuscitation procedure in in-hospital cardiac arrest: a preliminary simulated study

Maciej Sip1, Mateusz Puslecki1, Marek Dabrowski23, Tomasz Klosiewicz1, Marcin Ligowski4, Sebastian Stefaniak4, Lukasz Szarpak56, Christopher Paprocki2, Marek Jemielity4, Bartlomiej Perek4
Disaster Emerg Med J 2021;6(1):10-20.


INTRODUCTION: The survival rate of patients after in-hospital cardiac arrest (IHCA) is poor. The implementation of novel technologies to conventional cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) may improve clinical outcomes.   Aim: To evaluate efficacy of extended CPR (ECPR) performed by physicians in the simulated scenario of IHCA.   MATERIAL AND METHODS: High-fidelity simulations were performed in a simulation room equipped with a full spectrum of emergency devices. Earlier, the physicians (n = 60, five courses) participated in a threeday training in the use of extracorporeal techniques. Eventually, 12 participants were divided into 4-member teams that were involved in three stages (assessed in terms of duration and quality) of scenario such as 1. Advanced Life Support (ALS) activities; 2. preparation of the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation device (ECMO); 3. cannulation and activation of ECMO.   RESULTS: All teams completed successfully scenario within recommended time of 60 minutes (ranged from 33 min. 55 sec. to 37 min.) after IHCA. In details, decision to activate ECMO team was taken between 8 min. 45 sec. and 14 min. 15 sec of scenario, ECMO device prepared within 10 min. 5 sec. to 15 min. 30 sec. whereas peripheral vessels cannulated in 4 min. 14 sec. to 6 min. 10 sec. Of note, all evaluated times were the shortest for teams with decisive leaders.   CONCLUSIONS: Implementation of ECPR procedure is possible within recommended time after IHCA. It has also been shown that training with application of high-fidelity simulation techniques is of paramount importance in achievement and maintenance of ECPR skills, not only manual but also in effective communication.

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