Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, pt 4: monitoring equipment

Monitoring devices are crucial in the success of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Many monitoring modalities can be used during CPR for the assessment of the adequacy of CPR efforts and the return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC). These monitoring devices, however, should never be used as a sole mechanism to confirm cardiopulmonary arrest. Indeed, commencement of CPR … Read more

Puppies Hiding Under Dangerous Landfill Equipment Flee From Rescuers

It takes a lot to shock sanitation technicians, especially those working in massive city landfills. But when the foreman of a landfill outside St. Louis, Missouri, spotted three tiny puppies hiding beneath a dangerous piece of equipment, he knew it was more than he could handle. He contacted Stray Rescue of St. Louis, who responded … Read more

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, pt3: airway access

Hypoxia and hypercapnia have both been shown to reduce success in resuscitating human and veterinary patients – highlighting the importance of airway access and ventilation in the early phases of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Although the benefit of early ventilation – within the initial minutes of CPR – is not clear in animals, it appears to … Read more

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Nothing quite describes “the worst nightmare” better than having to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on our patients. Matters will only be worse if we are unprepared for it. When I say “we”, it’s not just us veterinarians, but everyone involved, since each person’s action – or lack of action – has a direct impact on … Read more