Cardiac arrest in the immediate postoperative recovery period in a patient who underwent cardiac surgery is typically related to reversible causes—tamponade, bleeding, ventricular arrhythmias, or heart blocks associated with conduction problems. When treated promptly, 17% to 79% of patients who experience cardiac arrest after cardiac surgery survive to discharge. The Cardiac Advanced Life Support–Surgical (CALS-S) guideline provides a standardized algorithm approach to resuscitation of patients who experience cardiac arrest after cardiac surgery. The purpose of this article is to discuss the CALS-S guideline and how to implement it.
Symposium Guidelines Review and Update| April 01 2014
Cardiac Advanced Life Support–Surgical Guideline: Overview and Implementation
Cheryl Herrmann, RN, APN, MS, CCRN, CCNS-CSC-CMC
AACN Adv Crit Care (2014) 25 (2): 123–129.
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Cheryl Herrmann; Cardiac Advanced Life Support–Surgical Guideline: Overview and Implementation. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 April 2014; 25 (2): 123–129. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/NCI.0000000000000016
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