Improbable Survival after Prolonged Traumatic Cardiopulmonary Arrest: Revisiting the 15-minute Rule

Kim, Tad; Kim, Sara S.; Lottenberg, Lawrence; Efron, Philip A.; Ang, Darwin N.
June 2013
American Surgeon;Jun2013, Vol. 79 Issue 6, p649
Academic Journal
Case Study
The article describes a case of improbable survival in a 19-year-old man who sustained blunt traumatic cardiopulmonary arrest and underwent prehospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) after experiencing a motor vehicle collision. The patient experienced additional episodes of cardiac arrest during the hospital stay and survived neurologically intact. The intervention was able to restore his pulse and systolic blood pressure of 77 mmHg.


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