Mar 15, 1995

Improving active compression-decompression cardiopulmonary resuscitation with an inspiratory impedance valve

Keith G LurieK A Mulligan


Active compression-decompression (ACD) cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has recently been demonstrated to provide significantly more blood flow to vital organs during cardiac arrest. To further enhance the effectiveness of this technique, we tested the hypothesis that intermittent impedance to inspiratory gas exchange during the decompression phase of ACD CPR enhances vital organ blood flow. ACD CPR was performed with a pneumatically driven automated compression-decompression device in a porcine model of ventricular fibrillation (VF). Nine pigs were randomized to receive ACD CPR alone, while 8 pigs received ACD CPR plus intermittent impedance to inspiratory gas exchange with a threshold valve set to 40 cm H2O. Results comparing 2 minutes of ACD CPR alone versus ACD CPR with the inspiratory impedance threshold valve (ITV) revealed significantly higher mean (+/- SEM) coronary perfusion pressures (diastolic aortic minus diastolic right atrial pressures) in the ITV (31.0 +/- 2.3 mm Hg) group versus with ACD CPR alone (21 +/- 3.6 mm Hg) (P < .05). Total left ventricular and cerebral blood flows, determined by radiolabeled microspheres, were 0.77 +/- 0.095 and 0.47 +/- 0.06 mL/min per gram, respectively, with ACD CPR plus the ITV ...Continue Reading

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Ventricular Fibrillation
Decompression Sickness
Electric Impedance
Basic Cardiac Life Support
Regional Blood Flow
Ventilation-Perfusion Ratio
Blood Flow

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