Optimizing hemodynamic function during cardiopulmonary resuscitation

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this narrative review is to provide an update on hemodynamics during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and to describe emerging therapies to optimize perfusion.

RECENT FINDINGS: Cadaver studies have shown large inter-individual variations in blood distribution and anatomical placement of the heart during chest compressions. Using advanced CT techniques the studies have demonstrated atrial and slight right ventricular compression, but no direct compression of the left ventricle. A hemodynamic-directed CPR strategy may overcome this by allowing individualized hand-placement, drug dosing, and compression rate and depth. Through animal studies and one clinical before-and-after study head-up CPR has shown promising results as a potential strategy to improve cerebral perfusion. Two studies have demonstrated that placement of an endovascular balloon occlusion in the aorta (REBOA) can be performed during ongoing CPR.

SUMMARY: Modern imaging techniques may help increase our understanding on the mechanism of forward flow during CPR. This could provide new information on how to optimize perfusion. Head-up CPR and the use of REBOA during CPR are novel methods that might improve cerebral perfusion during CPR; both techniques do, however, still await clinical testing.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Opinion in Critical Care
Pages (from-to)216-222
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

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    Research areas

  • Animals, Aorta, Balloon Occlusion, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Hemodynamics, Humans, Pressure

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