Change of Heart: Increasing Heart Resuscitation Time Is Backed
When a hospital patient’s heart stops beating, exactlyِ how long doctors shouldِ spend tryingِ toِ revive himِ is notِ known.
Now, a newِ study suggests thatِ increasing resuscitation times mayِ benefit patients.
While doctors shouldِ alwaysِ use theirِ bestِ judgment inِ deciding whetherِ toِ continue resuscitation attempts, theِ findings suggest increasing resuscitation times onِ a hospitalwide basis couldِ improve patient survival, theِ researchers said.
When a heart stops beating
Out ofِ everyِ 1,000 patients whoِ stay inِ a hospital, betweenِ one andِ five experience cardiac arrest, a condition inِ which theِ heart stops beating.
However, doctors haveِ little evidence toِ guide themِ onِ howِ long theyِ shouldِ spend tryingِ toِ getِ a heart toِ beat again, andِ previous research hasِ suggested thatِ long-lasting resuscitation attempts areِ often futile, theِ researchers said.
Patients atِ hospitals withِ theِ longest resuscitation times (typically 25 minutes) wereِ 12 percent moreِ likelyِ to beِ revived andِ eventually discharged fromِ hospital thanِ those atِ hospitals withِ theِ shortest attempts (around 16 minutes), theِ researchers said.
Each case is different
It’s veryِ difficult toِ makeِ broad recommendations onِ howِ long resuscitation shouldِ continue becauseِ each case isِ different, saidِ Dr.
Roger White, anِ anesthesiologist atِ Mayo Clinic specializing inِ resuscitation care, whoِ wasِ notِ involved inِ the study.
Doctors needِ to quickly decide whetherِ a patient stands a good chance ofِ beingِ revived, based onِ such factors asِ the number ofِ health conditions theyِ have, White said.