Pre-hospital Resuscitative Interventions: Elemental or Detrimental?

  • M. J. Lippmann
  • G. A. Salazar
  • P. E. Pepe
Part of the Annual Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine book series (AUICEM, volume 2012)


Emergency prehospital resuscitative medical care, as we have come to know it in recent years, had many of its roots in the 1960s and 1970s when several intrepid physicians ventured into the out-of-hospital setting and published their experiences with lifesaving approaches to managing patients with acute coronary syndromes and, most specifically, cardiopulmonary arrest due to out-of-hospital ventricular dysrhythmias [1–5]. Although physician-staffed ambulance services and out-of-hospital emergency medical care responses had been in place for more than a century in many venues worldwide, this modern iteration of emergency medical rescue was highlighted by scientific documentation of lifesaving outcomes in the early years of development [1–3]. In turn, this reportable success prompted widespread adoption of emergency medical services (EMS) systems of care across the globe [6].


Emergency Medical Service Endotracheal Intubation Fluid Resuscitation Chest Compression Coronary Perfusion Pressure 
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  • M. J. Lippmann
  • G. A. Salazar
  • P. E. Pepe

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