Out-of-hospital thrombolytic therapy during cardiopulmonary resuscitation in refractory cardiac arrest due to acute myocardial infarction

F X Duchateau, V Preiss, A Ricard-Hibon, C Chollet, J Marty
European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine 2001, 8 (3): 241-3
Out-of-hospital thrombolytic therapy was administrated to a 53-year-old woman with confirmed acute myocardial infarction and refractory cardiac arrest. Standard advanced cardiac life support measures were performed by an out-of-hospital critical care team but they were unsuccessful. Thrombolytic therapy was given as a rescue therapy after prolonged cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The patient recovered a sinus rhythm and circulation 20 minutes after a bolus infusion of tissue plasminogen activator and was fit to be transported to the hospital. Reversal of arterial occlusion was confirmed at the hospital. There was no sequelae related to thrombolytic therapy and the patient was finally discharged 21 days later. This is the first published report of out-of-hospital thrombolytic therapy during cardiopulmonary resuscitation for a patient with refractory cardiac arrest due to acute myocardial infarction.

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