CARLOS MOTA, M.D.; EMIR A. ZIKRIA, M.D.; RODMAN E. TABER, M.D.
Ventricular fibrillation or cardiac asystole, a tragic operating room event, may also occur under nonsurgical conditions. Successful resuscitation in the former situation has become a relatively frequent occurrence. It is therefore logical that attention should be directed toward the management of this situation when it occurs outside the surgical amphitheater.
Southworth et al.1 in 1950 reported successful resuscitation in a case of ventricular fibrillation precipitated by cardiac catheterization. Since then, several reports of recovery following ventricular fibrillation or asystole, treated by cardiac massage outside the operating room, have appeared in the medical literature.
Multiple causes have been suggested as precipitating
MOTA C, ZIKRIA EA, TABER RE. CARDIAC ARREST OUTSIDE THE OPERATING ROOM WITH SUCCESSFUL RESUSCITATION: REPORT OF TWO CASES1. Ann Intern Med. 1959;51:577–583. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-51-3-577
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