Papers of October 2021

Welcome to October’s papers of the month!

Should patients who gain a ROSC following an out of hospital cardiac arrest go for an immediate angiogram if their ECG does not show an STEMI or Left Bundle Branch Block? We’ve looked at this before with the COACT trial which only looked at those patients with a shockable rhythm but this months paper looks at all ROSCs from all rhythms.

Next up we take a look at a paper that investigates senior paramedics decision making in cessation of cardiac arrests and investigate the decision making that goes into these complex decisions.

Finally we take a look at a huge trial assessing the use of balanced fluids versus Normal Saline in critically ill patients and gain more information about the strategy we should employ.

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Effect of Intravenous Fluid Treatment With a Balanced Solution vs 0.9% Saline Solution on Mortality in Critically Ill Patients: The BaSICS Randomized Clinical Trial. Fernando G Zampieri. JAMA. 2021

How senior paramedics decide to cease resuscitation in pulseless electrical activity out of hospital cardiac arrest: a mixed methods study. Ali Coppola. Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med. 2021

Angiography after Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest without ST-Segment Elevation. Steffen Desch. NEJM. 2021

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