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Penn and Cornell researchers spearhead the development of new guidelines for veterinary CPR
Date:6/7/2012

PHILADELPHIA For nearly 50 years, the American Heart Association, with the help of researchers and physicians from across the nation, has developed and disseminated guidelines on how best to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation on patients experiencing cardiac arrest. But no such evidence-based guidelines existed in the veterinary world. Perhaps as a result, while more than 20 percent of human patients who suffer cardiac arrests in the hospital survive to go home to their families, the equivalent figure for dogs and cats is less than 6 percent.

Now the Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary Resuscitation, or RECOVER, a collaborative effort of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, has arrived at the first evidence-based recommendations to resuscitate dogs and cats in cardiac arrest.

The RECOVER initiative was spearheaded by Manuel Boller, a senior research investigator in the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and the Center for Resuscitation Science of Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, and Daniel J. Fletcher, an assistant professor in veterinary emergency and critical care at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine. RECOVER aims to standardize treatment of cardiac arrest in pets, ultimately leading to improved outcomes.

In a special issue of the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care published today, a series of articles outlines the new guidelines as well as the method by which they were identified. The articles also include algorithms and drug-dose charts for practitioners to follow.

The need for pet-CPR guidelines became obvious when Boller and colleagues surveyed veterinarians on how they treated dogs and cats in cardiac arrest. The results, compiled from more than 600 practitioners, showed a large amount of variation.

"What we found was that there was really no consensus on ho
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Contact: Katherine Unger Baillie
kbaillie@upenn.edu
215-898-9194
University of Pennsylvania
Source:Eurekalert

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