Multidisciplinary approach for out of hospital cardiac arrest management

Summary

A common – often lethal – event, learn why survival rates are improving in this provocative discussion with G. Steg, T. Johnson and J. Strange. What is the importance of community involvement, the “chain of survival” and “pathway of care” or the critical use of early CPR? How do you choose which comatose cardiac patient goes to the cathlab – should they all? Does angioplasty really help and which haemodynamic support is necessary: Impella or ECMO? Does good data exist or can expenditures be justified? What is the effect mortality rates on cathlab teams and why is good communication, from start to finish, essential?