Hemodynamically Directed Two-Person Chest Compressions: A Case Report

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Abstract

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation has a low success rate both in and out of the hospital setting. Return of spontaneous circulation, however, is considerably higher for intraoperative cardiac arrests. Chest compressions remain of utmost importance. Optimal chest compression depth is believed to be greater than 5 cm. However, this depth is often not achieved. We describe a case in which the adequacy of chest compressions, based on hemodynamic monitoring, was achieved with 2 persons simultaneously providing a compressive force. This hemodynamic-directed care resulted in return of spontaneous circulation on 2 separate occasions.

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