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. 

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Cardiac arrest in the periprocedural setting is rarer than previously believed, and it arises from unique causes specific to the operating room or procedural environment. Circulatory crisis and cardiac arrest in this setting are usually managed by practitioners who are familiar with the patient, knowledgeable of the patient's medical condition, and familiar with the details of their procedure, which allows them to intervene in a directed, effective, and timely manner. Management of perioperative crisis is predicated on expert opinion and an understanding of a distinct physiologic milieu.