ALFRED L. GEORGE JR., M.D.; BENJAMIN P. FOLK III, M.D.; PAMELA L. CRECELIUS, R.N. W.; BARTON CAMPBELL, M.D.
To the editor: Stempien and coworkers (1) recently reviewed the potential deleterious effects of calcium chloride administration during cardiopulmonary resuscitation. They cited retrospective data from their institution and from one published series showing a reduced survival rate in patients who received calcium for prehospital cardiac arrest. We want to share our experience with the use of calcium in hospitalized patients having cardiopulmonary resuscitation and offer an explanation for the apparent negative effect of calcium administration on survival.
Between 1 July and 31 December 1985, 140 consecutive inpatients given cardiopulmonary resuscitation at Saint Thomas Hospital were prospectively identified and evaluated. Information
ALFRED L. GEORGE, BENJAMIN P. FOLK, PAMELA L. CRECELIUS, BARTON CAMPBELL. Calcium and Cardiac Arrest. Ann Intern Med. 1987;106:472–473. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-106-3-472_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(3):472-473.
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