Video: New protocol increases cardiac arrest survival rate

By EMS1 Staff

The extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation protocol is increasing survival rates from zero to around 40 percent. COLUMBUS, Ohio — A new protocol being tested by a university medical center is increasing cardiac arrest survival rates from zero to around 40 percent.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is teaming up with the Columbus Division of fire to test the extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation protocol, which is initiated if EMS providers are not able to restore a normal rhythm after shocking the heart three times.

 “It’s astounding that patients are able to fully recover and walk out of the hospital when they would have been pronounced dead in the field before this protocol was in place,” Dr. K. Dean Boudoulas said.

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