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Resuscitation. 2014 Nov;85(11):1619-20. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2014.07.008. Epub 2014 Jul 22.

PQRST - a unique aide-memoire for capnography interpretation during cardiac arrest.

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  • 1Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway. Electronic address: baard.heradstveit@helse-bergen.no.
  • 2Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway; Department of Medical Sciences, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway. Electronic address: jon-kenneth.heltne@helse-bergen.no.

Abstract

The use of capnography is recommended during resuscitation. By implementing the mnemonic "PQRST", rescuers have a ready-made checklist to help them achieve the full potential of capnography. This approach can facilitate efforts to both reduce the hands-off time and individualize the treatment, which can lead to improved survival for our patients.

KEYWORDS:

Capnography; Cardiac arrest; Education; Mnemonic; PQRST; Survival

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