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The need for abdominal only CPR in the treatment of hemorrhagic shock and trauma arrests

Published:April 04, 2016DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajem.2016.02.077
      Jeffcoach et al. [
      • Jeffcoach D.R.
      • Gallegos J.J.
      • Jesty S.A.
      • Coan P.N.
      • Chen J.
      • Heidel R.E.
      • et al.
      Utility of CPR in hemorrhagic shock, a dog model.
      ] studied the utility of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in a dog model of hemorrhagic shock. They found that chest compressions in addition to fluid administration did not reverse signs of shock better than fluid alone. They recommended that further research is needed to define if there is a role of CPR in the trauma patient with hemorrhagic shock. However, although they found that there was no benefit to performing chest compressions in hypovolemic animals, there may be a benefit to performing abdominal only CPR in conjunction with fluid administration.
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