Sudden cardiac arrest will be easier to treat in the future

Sudden cardiac arrest will be easier to treat in the future

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Improve treatment options with sudden cardiac arrest?

Cardiac arrest always means an acute risk to life for those affected. Emergency medical help is required quickly, but success can sometimes fail even with immediate care. Portable mini heart-lung machines (ECMO) could be a life-saving solution here, reports the BG University Clinic Bergmannsheil. Over "150 experts from the emergency services, cardiac surgery and cardiology" discussed the possible uses of the ECMO on Tuesday at a symposium of the Bergmannsheil University Hospital in Bochum.

A cardiac arrest is extremely dangerous. After the emergency services have been contacted, resuscitation measures should be started as soon as possible. These can significantly improve the chances of survival and save important time until the emergency services arrive, reports the Bergmannsheil University Hospital. The rescue service would then do everything possible to get the cycle going again, but this “not always possible even with a professional and guideline-based approach”. Then the question arises how the survival of those affected can still be ensured. Portable mini heart-lung machines offer a possible option here.

Use of the ECMO

At the symposium led by Professor Dr. Justus Strauch, director of the Clinic for Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery at the Bergmannsheil University Hospital, discussed the potential of ECMO in cardiac arrest and highlighted both medical and legal issues. In addition, the use of the device was demonstrated in a complex live simulation. When using the new technology, those affected are connected to the machine, which restores the circulation, while the resuscitation is ongoing.

New therapy option

According to Dr. Dirk Buchwald, cardio technician at Bergmannsheil and organizer of the symposium, faces some new challenges when two rescue teams with different tasks carry out life-saving measures on a patient at the same time, but it is worth considering this therapy option intensively. Because a prolonged cardiac arrest usually means the death of those affected. Suitable mini heart-lung machines are already available and "If we face the enormous logistical and personnel challenges associated with this procedure, we hope to be able to save human lives more effectively," said the expert in a press release from the university hospital Miner's salvation.

Use in emergency medical care

Corresponding ECMOs are already successfully in use at the Bergmannsheil University Hospital and at the symposium speakers from the University Hospitals of Regensburg and Freiburg also reported on their experiences with the use of the devices. Above all, the question arose whether the use of the portable mini heart-lung machines is also practicable in emergency medical operations. According to the experts, there are many reasons to tackle this logistical challenge in order to improve the chances of survival for those affected. (fp)

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Video: Sudden Cardiac Arrest (August 2022).