How Long is Too Long for Resuscitation?

Three interesting papers about out of the hospital cardiac arrest. Rejan’s paper shows that over 13% of patients will survive after resuscitation for longer than 25 minutes. The paper published by Reynolds suggests efforts longer than 47 minutes may be futile. Jabre’s research suggests that three objective criteria can be used to predict hospital survival from cardiac arrest with almost 100% sensitivity and specificity.

The Association Between Duration of Resuscitation and Favorable Outcome After Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: Implications for Prolonging or Terminating Resuscitation

Prolonged cardiopulmonary resuscitation and outcomes after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

Early Identification of Patients With Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest With No Chance of Survival and Consideration for Organ Donation