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Eleanor Haskey
The Veterinary Nurse, Vol. 7, Iss. 4, 23 May 2016, pp 201 - 205

Cardiopulmonary arrest is an emergency situation which can present to any veterinary
clinic at any time. The RECOVER guidelines (2012) are an evidence-based
consensus for current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) recommendations
for veterinary patients. Basic life support (BLS) includes circulation, airway and
breathing. Advanced life support measures involve the administration of emergency
drug therapy and cardiorespiratory monitoring. Alternative drug therapies
may be beneficial such as electrolyte supplementation or drug antagonist administration.
Both electrocardiogram (ECG) and end tidal carbon dioxide (ETCO2)
monitoring are recommended during CPR efforts and the veterinary nurse will play
a vital role in ensuring that trends are observed. Debriefing is an important part
of any CPR event so that the team can critique one another and improve performance
in the future.

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