Cardiac Arrest, Start With The End in Mind

We’ve covered Cardiac Arrest management (as in the medical delivery of it) in a previous Roadside to Resusepsiode. Since then we’ve had some updates with Paramedic-2, Refractory VF, Airways-2  and a whole host of other papers. But what we haven’t talked much about is the art of creating the environment, space & workflow to deliver the best medical care possible. 

Whilst these might seem like less exciting and important parts of the package, they probably require a greater degree of skill and knowledge than running the medical aspects of the arrest. To do them with excellence you need to anticipate every single objective/obstacle that could stand in your way, including the medical interventions involved and the challenges of that unique case and environment. 

In this episode we run through the aspects of a cardiac arrest right from the initiation of the case to the clearing/transfer to onwards care. We talk about the use of immediate, urgent and definitive plans and then run through how these translate into both in-hospital and prehospital arrests.

We personally got a lot out of preparing and thinking about this episode, so we hope you find it useful too!

We’d love to hear any thoughts or feedback on this slightly different style of episode either on the website or via X @TheResusRoom!

Simon & James

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References

Paramedic equipment bags: How their position during out-of-hospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) affect paramedic ergonomics and performance. Apple Ergon. Harari. 2020

Zero point survey: a multidisciplinary idea to STEP UP resuscitation effectiveness. Reid. Clin Exp Emerg Med. 2018

Cardiac Arrest; Roadside to Resus Podcast

Airways-2; Roadside to Resus Podcast

Refractory VF; Roadside to Resus Podcast

Pre-Alert; Roadside to Resus Podcast

Leadership and Followership; Roadside to Resus Podcast

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