Reperfusion injury protection during Basic Life Support improves circulation and survival outcomes in a porcine model of prolonged cardiac arrest

Guillaume Debaty, Keith Lurie, Anja Metzger, Michael Lick, Jason A. Bartos, Jennifer N. Rees, Scott McKnite, Laura Puertas, Paul Pepe, Raymond Fowler, Demetris Yannopoulos

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Objective Ischemic postconditioning (PC) using three intentional pauses at the start of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) improves outcomes after cardiac arrest in pigs when epinephrine (epi) is used before defibrillation. We hypothesized PC, performed during basic life support (BLS) in the absence of epinephrine, would reduce reperfusion injury and enhance 24 h functional recovery. Design Prospective animal investigation. Setting Animal laboratory Subjects Female farm pigs (n = 46, 39 ± 1 kg). Interventions Protocol A: After 12 min of ventricular fibrillation (VF), 28 pigs were randomized to four groups: (A) Standard CPR (SCPR), (B) active compression-decompression CPR with an impedance threshold device (ACD-ITD), (C) SCPR + PC (SCPR + PC) and (D) ACD-ITD CPR + PC. Protocol B: After 15 min of VF, 18 pigs were randomized to ACD-ITD CPR or ACD-ITD + PC. The BLS duration was 2.75 min in Protocol A and 5 min in Protocol B. Following BLS, up to three shocks were delivered. Without return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC), CPR was resumed and epi (0.5 mg) and defibrillation delivered. The primary end point was survival without major adverse events. Hemodynamic parameters and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) were also measured. Data are presented as mean ± SEM. Measurements and Main Results Protocol A: ACD-ITD + PC (group D) improved coronary perfusion pressure after 3 min of BLS versus the three other groups (28 ± 6, 35 ± 7, 23 ± 5 and 47 ± 7 for groups A, B, C, D respectively, p = 0.05). There were no significant differences in 24 h survival between groups. Protocol B LVEF 4 h post ROSC was significantly higher with ACD-ITD + PC vs ACD-ITD alone (52.5 ± 3% vs. 37.5 ± 6.6%, p = 0.045). Survival rates were significantly higher with ACD-ITD + PC vs. ACD-ITD alone (p = 0.027). Conclusions BLS using ACD-ITD + PC reduced post resuscitation cardiac dysfunction and improved functional recovery after prolonged untreated VF in pigs. Protocol number 12-11.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-35
Number of pages7
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016


  • Active compression decompression
  • Basic life support
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Impedance threshold device
  • Ischemic postconditioning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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