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Neurology. 1986 Sep;36(9):1186-91.

Neurologic outcome and blood glucose levels during out-of-hospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation.


We examined the interrelations of outcome, time elapsed during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and blood glucose levels drawn from 83 patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Levels rose significantly during CPR. Although slope and intercept of regression lines differed for those dying in the field and those admitted, regression lines were similar for those who awoke and never awoke after admission. These results suggest that the previously reported association between poor neurologic recovery and high blood glucose level on admission after cardiac arrest is best explained by prolonged CPR, leading to both higher rise of blood glucose and worse neurologic outcome.

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