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Vital signs resuscitation



Adult Resuscitation


Resuscitation has become a ubiquitous term meaning not only cardiopulmonary arrest, but also prearrest conditions such as respiratory distress, stridor, coma, drug overdoses and some bradycardias and tachycardias. Excluding the hospitalized patient, the reason for the arrest is usually unknown and the only information is the rhythm on the monitor and tenuous vital signs. Thus, protocols involving therapies for specific conditions are often not helpful.

When vital signs are lost, basic resuscitation begins immediately (Basic Life Support) by any bystander (“lay rescuer” in the literature). When emergency medical services (EMS) arrives, Basic Life Support is supplemented with equipment and therapeutic modalities (Advanced Life Support).


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