"Cardiac arrest!" These two simple words conjure up images in our minds of excitement, drama, life-and-death decisions...and significant debate. It's unlikely that there's any other condition in medicine that has been the source of more research, teaching, and discussion. The treatment of cardiac arrest, after all, is essentially to bring a dead patient back to life, which is certainly the greatest achievement in the practice of medicine! But, despite decades of research and apparent advances in the management of cardiac arrest, we have been continually reminded of our own limits in our ability to reverse death. Nevertheless, our continued efforts at advancing the cause have produced some tangible improvements in the rescue of these patients.
On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, some of the leading cardiac arrest experts in the world will convene on our campus to discuss their research, their recommendations, and their protocols for managing these patients in the emergency department. You will not only have an opportunity to meet them and hear their recommendations, but you'll also learn about upcoming advances in the specialty long before they are published. Most importantly, you'll learn which interventions work and which ones don't so that you will be able to employ optimal therapy for your own patients.
At the conclusion of this symposium, each participant should be able to. . .
1. Describe key basic life support therapies that improve outcomes in victims of cardiac arrest.
2. Describe which advanced life support therapies have been shown to improve outcomes for victims of cardiac arrest.
3. Describe a rational protocol for the treatment of pulseless electrical activity.
4. Identify findings on bedside ultrasound which aid in the management of the peri-arrest patient.
5. Describe the indications for and procedures of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in victims of cardiac arrest.