Sudden cardiac arrest in the future is better treatable

Improving treatment options in case of a sudden cardiac arrest?

A cardiac arrest means for the persons Concerned, always acute danger to life. Quickly, emergency medical help is required, but also in the case of immediate supply, the success can lack sometimes. Portable Mini heart-lung machine (ECMO) could be a life-saving solution, according to the BG University hospital Bergmannsheil. About “150 experts from the emergency services, cardiovascular surgery and cardiology” have discussed the possibilities of use of ECMO on Tuesday at a Symposium of the University hospital bergmannsheil in Bochum, Germany.

In the case of a cardiac arrest, the highest danger to life. After the rescue service was contacted, should therefore be started as quickly as possible with resuscitation measures. This can improve the chances of Survival and major time, until the arrival of the emergency forces, according to the University hospital Bergmannsheil. Then the rescue would do everything to bring the circuit up and running again, what is successful, however, “even in the case of professional and guideline oriented approach” always. Then the question of how the Survival of the data can still be secured arises. Here are portable Mini-heart-lung-machine, offer a possible Option.

In case of a sudden cardiac arrest must immediately send a revival will be initiated. Portable Mini heart-lung machine could save Affected but the life, if the rescue forces with conventional resuscitation measures have no success. (Image: spkphotostock/

The use of ECMO

At the Symposium, under the direction of Professor Dr. Justus Strauch, Director of the clinic for heart and thorax surgery, University hospital Bergmannsheil, specialists have the potential of ECMO in cardiac arrest is discussed, and both medical and legal questions and lights. In addition, it was demonstrated in a an elaborate Live-Simulation of the use of the device. In the case of use of the new technology Concerned are connected, even during the current revival of the machine, making the cycle again.

New Therapy Option

According to Dr. Dirk Buchwald, cardiovascular technician in the mountain man’s salvation, and organizer of the Symposium, there are some new challenges, if there are two rescue teams to perform different tasks at the same time in a patients life-saving measures, but worth it about this therapy option, thinking intensively. For a prolonged circulatory arrest status usually means the death of the person Concerned. Already today, suitable Mini-heart-lung-machines are available and “if we hope to us the enormous logistical and human challenges that are associated with this procedure, we people life to be more effective to be able to save”, the expert said in a press release of the University hospital Bergmannsheil.

Application for emergency operations

Appropriate ECMO at the University hospital Bergmannsheil already successfully in use and on the Symposium speakers at the University hospitals of Regensburg and Freiburg have reported their experience with the use of the devices. Especially the question whether the application of the portable Mini-heart-lungs turned machines also in the case of emergency operations as is practical. Much of it speaks to the experts ‘ assessment, for this logistical challenge needs to be addressed to improve the chances of Survival of those Affected. (fp)