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Cardiac arrests in a geriatric unit

Bayer, Antony James, Ang, B. C. and Pathy, M. S. 1985. Cardiac arrests in a geriatric unit. Age and Ageing 14 (5) , pp. 271-276. 10.1093/ageing/14.5.271

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The outcome of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation within an acute geriatric unit was studied in 95 patients (mean age 77 years, range 65-90) who were involved in 106 consecutive cardio-respiratory arrest calls. In 58 patients (61%), initial resuscitation was unsuccessful and a further 21 (22%) died later in hospital. Fourteen patients (15%) were alive 3 months after hospital discharge, a success rate comparable to that of published series in younger patients. The probability of successful resuscitation was greater in patients in the High-dependency Unit, and ventricular fibrillation and a short duration of arrest were confirmed as good prognostic factors. Age had no influence on outcome. Although subjective levels of psychological and physical disability of survivors at 3 months were low, their domestic and social life was often excessively restricted. Selective, but positive, use of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation within acute geriatric units will benefit a significant minority of patients, but there is also a need for further measures to reduce unnecessary disability in long-term survivors.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0002-0729
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:11

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