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Perioperative Cardiac Arrests


1,Department of Anesthesiology College of Medicine Mayo Clinic

DOI: 10.22514/SV32.102008.2 Vol.3,Issue 2,October 2008 pp.8-12

Published: 01 October 2008

*Corresponding Author(s): JURAJ SPRUNG E-mail:


Perioperative cardiac arrests represent the most serious complication of anesthesia and surgery. It is believed that the incidence and mortality of cardiac arrest has declined, however, a more recent review questioned whether these rates have changed over the last 5 decades. It is difficult to compare the reports from different epochs, because medical prac-tice has advanced, surgical acuity increased, and patients in extremes of age undergo surgery today. In the present article we review the information regarding the incidence of perioperative cardiac arrests and predictors of survival covering the period since the first comprehensive report by Beecher and Todd in 1954. We focus on our publications that report periop-erative cardiac arrest at Mayo Clinic for adult noncardiac surgery, during regional anesthesia, and arrests in our pediatric surgical practice.  


anesthesia, cardiac arrest, mortality

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JURAJ SPRUNG,RANDALL P. FLICK,STEPHEN J. GLEICH,TOBY N. WEINGARTEN. Perioperative Cardiac Arrests. Signa Vitae. 2008. 3(2);8-12.


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