Extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation for refractory ventricular fibrillation. A rescue bridge to reperfusion

Anna P Hall, Thijs S R Delnoij, Dirk W Donker

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Accumulating evidence suggests benefit of extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (E-CPR) in patients with refractory cardiac arrest by using venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Appropriate patient selection for E-CPR is cumbersome and still debated. We describe a 56-year-old male who developed refractory ventricular fibrillation upon arrival at the emergency department and was successfully treated by urgent E-CPR. Patient selection, complications and the need to adapt the chain of survival are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-8
Number of pages4
JournalActa anaesthesiologica Belgica
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Myocardial Reperfusion
  • Ventricular Fibrillation

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