Cardiac Arrest in the Operating Room: Resuscitation and Management for the Anesthesiologist: Part 1

Vivek K. Moitra, MD; Sharon Einav, MD; Karl-Christian Thies, MD; Mark E. Nunnally, MD; Andrea Gabrielli, MD; Gerald A. Maccioli, MD; Guy Weinberg, MD; Arna Banerjee, MD; Kurt Ruetzler, MD; Gregory Dobson, MD; Matthew D. McEvoy, MD; Michael F. O'Connor, MD, FCCM


Anesth Analg. 2018;126(3):876-888. 

In This Article

Consensus Methodology

An international group of 12 experts in the field of perioperative resuscitation was invited to review and evaluate the evidence on management of cardiac arrest and periprocedural crises. These experts were selected on the basis of several criteria: (1) clinical experience in anesthesiology and perioperative patient management; (2) involvement in simulation training in perioperative crises and resuscitation; (3) familiarity with resuscitation guidelines; and (4) international representation (to ensure that the recommendations are easily translatable to bedside practice in multiple clinical platforms). The group communicated via e-mail, face to face, and by telephone as required. The articles selected for review were those included in the previous iteration of these guidelines (which underwent repeat scrutiny) and relevant articles that had been published since 2012 and available on PubMed on the specific topics to be discussed. Disagreements among committee members were discussed in an attempt to reach consensus and in case of ongoing dissent adjudicated by 2 of the authors (V.K.M. and M.F.O.).