Traumatic Cardiac Arrest; for many of us an infrequent presentation and it that lies the problem.
In our previous cardiac arrest podcast we talked about the approach to the arresting patient, however in trauma the approach change significantly.
We require a different set of skills and priorities and having the whole team on board whilst sharing the same mental model is key.
Have a listen to the podcast and let us know your thoughts. The references are below but if you only read one thing take a look at the ERC Guidelines on traumatic cardiac arrest which we refer to.
References & Further Reading
Resuscitation to Recovery Document
Roadside to Resus; Cardiac Arrest
ERC Guidelines; Traumatic Arrest
Traumatic cardiac arrest: who are the survivors? Lockey D. Ann Emerg Med. 2006
Conversion to shockable rhythms during resuscitation and survival for out-of hospital cardiac arrest. Wah W. Am J Emerg Med. 2017
Resuscitation attempts and duration in traumatic out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Beck B. Resuscitation 2017.
An evidence-based approach to patient selection for emergency department thoracotomy: A practice management guideline from the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma. Seamon MJ. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015