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Crit Care Med. 2010 Jan;38(1):254-60. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0b013e3181b42f6c.

No assisted ventilation cardiopulmonary resuscitation and 24-hour neurological outcomes in a porcine model of cardiac arrest.

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Division of Cardiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA.



To evaluate the effect of no assisted ventilation cardiopulmonary resuscitation on neurologically intact survival compared with ten positive pressure ventilations/minute cardiopulmonary resuscitation in a pig model of cardiac arrest.


Prospective randomized animal study.


Animal laboratory.


Sixteen female intubated pigs (25.2 +/- 2.1 kg) anesthetized with propofol.


: fter 8 mins of untreated ventricular fibrillation, the intubated animals were randomized to 8 mins of continuous chest compressions (100/min) and either no assisted ventilation (n = 9) or 10 positive pressure ventilations/min (Smart Resuscitator Bag with 100% O2 flow at 10 L/min) (n = 7). The primary end point, neurologically intact 24-hr survival, was evaluated using a pig cerebral performance category score by a veterinarian blinded to the cardiopulmonary resuscitation method. MEASUREMENTS, AND MAIN RESULTS: During cardiopulmonary resuscitation, aortic and coronary perfusion pressure were similar between groups but cerebral perfusion pressure was significantly higher in the positive pressure ventilation group (33 +/- 15 vs. 14 +/- 14, p = .04). After 7.5 mins of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, arterial pO2 (mm Hg) and mixed venous O2 saturation (%) were significantly higher in the positive pressure ventilation compared with the no assisted ventilation group (117 +/- 29 and 41 +/- 21 vs. 40 +/- 24 and 10.8 +/- 7; p = .01 for both). Paco2 was significantly lower in the positive pressure ventilation group (48 +/- 10 vs. 77 +/- 26, p = .01). After 24 hrs, four of nine no assisted ventilation pigs were alive with a mean cerebral performance category score of 3 +/- 0 vs. five of seven alive and neurologically intact positive pressure ventilation pigs with a cerebral performance category score of 1 +/- 0.3 (p < .001 for cerebral performance category score).


No assisted ventilation cardiopulmonary resuscitation results in profound hypoxemia, respiratory acidosis, and significantly worse 24-hr neurologic outcomes compared with positive pressure ventilation cardiopulmonary resuscitation in pigs.

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