Refractory ventricular fibrillation in accidental hypothermia: salvage with cardiopulmonary bypass


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Abstract

A 20-year old woman presented with prolonged refractory ventricular fibrillation and pulmonary oedema following hypothermia while she was under self-administered heroin in an attempt to commit suicide. She was successfully resuscitated with cardiopulmonary bypass for core rewarming and internal defibrillation.

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