Extracorporeal CPR Does Not Offer More Favorable Neurologic Outcome

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- For patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) does not improve favorable neurologic outcome compared with conventional CPR, according to a study published in the Jan. 26 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Martje M. Suverein, M.D., from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and colleagues randomly assigned patients aged 18 to 70 years with an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest who had received bystander CPR, had an initial ventricular arrhythmia, and did not have return of spontaneous circulation within 15 minutes after initiation of CPR to receive extracorporeal CPR or conventional CPR (70 and 64 patients, respectively). Survival with a favorable neurologic outcome at 30 days was assessed as the primary outcome.

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