May 14, 2020
Management of Patients With Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Addressed by SCAI
May 14, 2020—The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) announced the release of an expert consensus statement describing recommendations for the management of patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). The statement was presented during the SCAI 2020 Scientific Sessions Virtual Conference held online May 14–16 and was published online by the statement’s writing group chair Amir Lotfi, MD, and cochair Lloyd W. Klein, MD, et al in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions.
According to SCAI, OHCA continues to present as a significant public health problem because of high mortality and morbidity. Coronary artery disease is often the cause for cardiac arrest in patients with a presenting rhythm of ventricular fibrillation or pulseless ventricular tachycardia.
“Interventional cardiologists are often consulted to assess patients with OHCA for emergent invasive evaluation,” commented Dr. Lotfi in the SCAI announcement. “We created a document based on evidence-based and patient-oriented management to assess and treat patients with OHCA.”
Dr. Lofty, who is an interventional cardiologist at Baystate Cardiology in Springfield, Massachusetts, continued, “We emphasized that OHCA treatment is a continuum from prehospital, hospital, and posthospital care, which requires a multidisciplinary approach to enhance both survival and return to a good quality of life. With this document, our goal is to increase standardized language and decrease variation in care in order to improve outcome.”