Peter Cummings, MD
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To the Editor: The excellent paper by Murphy and colleagues (1) reported that only 2 of 244 elderly patients with out-of-hospital cardiopulmonary arrest survived to hospital discharge.
I reviewed all resuscitation attempts and deaths in our emergency department from 1 January 1982 to 31 December 1988. I included patients who were over age 69; had abrupt cessation of respiration, pulse, or blood pressure; had a resuscitation effort; and had their arrest outside the hospital. Trauma cases were excluded.
These criteria were met by 199 patients. Twenty-eight were declared dead on arrival in the emergency department. After further resuscitation efforts in
Cummings P. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Elderly Persons. Ann Intern Med. 1990;112:74–75. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-112-1-74_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;112(1):74-75.
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