Cardiac arrest in older adult patients

Andrea Cortegiani, Sharon Einav, Esther-Lee Marcus

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To describe the epidemiology, prognostication, and treatment of out- and in-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA and IHCA) in elderly patients. RECENT FINDINGS: Elderly patients undergoing cardiac arrest (CA) challenge the appropriateness of attempting cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Current literature suggests that factors traditionally associated with survival to hospital discharge and neurologically intact survival after CA cardiac arrest in general (e.g. presenting ryhthm, bystander CPR, targeted temperature management) may not be similarly favorable in elderly patients. Alternative factors meaningful for outcome in this special population include prearrest functional status, comorbidity load, the specific age subset within the elderly population, and CA location (i.e., nursing versus private home). Age should therefore not be a standalone criterion for withholding CPR. Attempts to perform CPR in an elderly patient should instead stem from a shared decision-making process. SUMMARY: An appropriate CPR attempt is an attempt resulting in neurologically intact survival. Appropriate CPR in elderly patients requires better risk classification. Future research should therefore focus on the associations of specific within-elderly age subgroups, comorbidities, and functional status with neurologically intact survival. Reporting must be standardized to enable such evaluation.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)40-47
Numero di pagine8
RivistaCurrent Opinion in Anaesthesiology
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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