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By Philip Jevon

Resuscitation carrier : an summary -- Resuscitation gear -- popularity and remedy of the seriously unwell sufferer -- rules of cardiac tracking and ECG acceptance -- Bystander simple existence aid -- Airway administration and air flow -- Defibrillation and electric cardioversion -- complex existence help -- Resuscitation in precise occasions -- Anaphylaxis -- Acute coronary syndromes -- administration of peri-arrest arrhythmias -- Post-resuscitation care -- Bereavement -- moral matters in resuscitation -- Resuscitation documents -- Resuscitation education

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It is therefore essential that tools, which reflect best evidence, are developed and available to aid the practitioner to identify signs of deterioration. Ultimately this may prevent adverse events and improve patient outcomes. , 2004). Their sensitivity, specificity and reliability to predict clinical outcomes have yet to be convincingly proven (Cutherbertson, 2003; Parr, 2004). , 2005). , 2005). Early warning scores Comprehensive Critical Care (Department of Health, 2000) recommended the widespread implementation of EWS systems and outreach services.

5 ml/kg/hour) (Smith, 2003). g. g. abdominal swelling; concealed blood loss can be significant, even if drains are empty (Smith, 2003). Measure blood pressure (BP): systolic BP < 90 mmHg suggests shock. A normal BP does not exclude shock because compensatory mechanisms increase peripheral resistance in response to reduced cardiac output (Smith, 2003). g. anaphylaxis or sepsis. e. g. cardiogenic shock or hypovolaemia (Resuscitation Council (UK), 2006b). Assess the state of the veins: if hypovolaemia is present the veins could be under-filled or collapsed (Smith, 2003) Interpret the ECG: determine whether a cardiac arrhythmia is present.

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