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Saved by the pump: Two successful resuscitations utilising emergency department-initiated extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation in South Africa

In 2021, the three basic pillars of modern cardiac arrest management are still high-quality closed chest compressions, early defibrillation of shockable rhythms, and prompt recognition and treatment of potential reversible causes of cardiac arrest. The reversible causes are commonly known and taught as the ‘Hs and Ts’, namely hypovolaemia, hypo/ hyperkalaemia, hydrogen-ion/acidosis, hypoxaemia, hypothermia, thrombosis …

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Free Download: European Resuscitation Council COVID-19 Guidelines

The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a pandemic. The disease is caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and is highly contagious. A recent systematic review that included 53,000 patients indicates that 80% of patients have mild disease, 15% have moderate disease and about 5% have severe disease requiring intensive care …

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