Advanced Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

  • Frederic H. Kauffman
  • Liza D. Le


Describe the evolution of various CPR techniques, including open and closed chest resuscitation. Describe the epidemiology of sudden cardiac death. List the various etiologies of sudden cardiac arrest. Describe the research-validated mechanisms by which blood flows in a forward direction during CPR. Correlate coronary and cerebral perfusion pressures with survival and clinical outcome. Describe several techniques by which CPR can be performed, along with pros and cons for each technique. List the techniques for assessment and support of the airway, breathing, and circulation. Recite the algorithms for the treatment of asystole, pulseless electrical activity (PEA), ventricular fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, and bradycardic rhythms. Alter properly the resuscitation techniques for victims of cardiac arrest associated with hypothermia, near-drowning, trauma, electrical shock/lightning, and pregnancy.


Cardiac Arrest Sudden Death Ventricular Fibrillation Cerebral Perfusion Pressure Chest Compression 
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Additional Reading

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frederic H. Kauffman
    • 1
  • Liza D. Le
    • 2
  1. 1.Departments of Emergency Medicine and MedicineTemple University School of MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Emergency MedicineTemple University HospitalPhiladelphiaUSA

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