Aug 25, 2016

Conversion to shockable rhythms is associated with better outcomes in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients with initial asystole but not in those with pulseless electrical activity

Ruiying ZhengAhamed H Idris


The prognostic implication of conversion from initially non-shockable to shockable rhythms in patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) remains unclear. Our objective is to determine whether the conversion to shockable rhythms is a reliable predictor of short- and long-term outcomes both in patients who initially presented with pulseless electrical activity (PEA) and in those with asystole. A secondary analysis was performed on non-traumatic OHCA cases ≥18 years old with PEA or asystole as initial rhythms, who were treated in the field and enrolled in the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC) PRIMED study ( We reported the characteristics and outcomes for those patients with or without shocks delivered in the field. Logistic regression analysis assessed the association of shock delivery with pre-hospital return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC), survival to hospital discharge and favorable neurological outcome as well. Of the 9902 included cases, 3415 (34.5%) were initially in PEA and 6487 (65.5%) were in asystole. 744 (21.8%) PEA and 1134 (17.5%) asystolic patients underwent rhythm conversions and received subsequent shocks. For asystolic patients, the adjusted odds ratios (...Continue Reading

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Electric Impedance
Emergency Care
PEA Preparation
Survival Analysis
Logistic Regression
Basic Cardiac Life Support
Electrical Activity of Brain

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