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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

US & ECG in Cardiac Arrest

CanadiEM
Canadi EM - By Simon Huang - December 3, 2019
..."The results are highlighted in our visual abstract. The use of PoCUS alone in predicting futility in non-shockable cardiac arrest was found to have a sensitivity of 96% and specificity of 34%5. By contrast, using ECG alone had a sensitivity of 83% and specificity of 47%. For patients with asystole on ECG, PoCUS had a sensitivity of 98% and specificity of 16%. In patients with PEA on ECG, PoCUS had a sensitivity of 87% and specificity of 55%.
Collectively, these results suggest the absence of cardiac activity on both ultrasound and ECG better predicts poor outcomes in non-shockable cardiac arrest."
To read the full article, visit https://doi.org/10.1017/cem.2019.397.