What needs to be corrected in patients with cardiac arrest following cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Catharine A Bon, MD; Chief Editor: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD  more...
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In addition, correct the following if necessary and/or possible:

  • Hypovolemia

  • Hypoxia

  • Hydrogen ion (acidosis): Consider bicarbonate therapy

  • Hyperkalemia/hypokalemia and metabolic disorders

  • Hypoglycemia: Check fingerstick or administer glucose

  • Hypothermia: Check core rectal temperature

  • Toxins

  • Tamponade, cardiac: Check with ultrasonography

  • Tension pneumothorax: Consider needle thoracostomy

  • Thrombosis, coronary or pulmonary: Consider thrombolytic therapy if suspected

  • Trauma

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