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J Vet Emerg Crit Care (San Antonio). 2012 Apr;22(2):148-59. doi: 10.1111/j.1476-4431.2012.00720.x.

Updates in the American Heart Association guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and potential applications to veterinary patients.

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AVETS, Monroeville, PA 15146, USA. barb@maton.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To review the updates in the American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and identify potential applications to veterinary patients.

ETIOLOGY:

Cardiopulmonary arrest is common in veterinary emergency and critical care, and consensus guidelines are lacking. Human resuscitation guidelines are continually evolving as new clinical and experimental studies support updated recommendations. Synthesis of human, experimental animal model, and veterinary literature support the potential for updates and advancement in veterinary CPR practices.

THERAPY:

This review serves to highlight updates in the AHA guidelines for CPR and evaluate their application to small animal veterinary patients. Interventions identified will be evaluated for trans-species potential, raise questions regarding best resuscitation recommendations, and offer opportunities for further research to continue to advance veterinary CPR.

PROGNOSIS:

The prognosis for any patient undergoing cardiopulmonary arrest remains guarded.

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