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      Anesthesia advanced circulatory life support Translated title: Réanimation circulatoire avancée en anesthésie

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          The constellation of advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) events, such as gas embolism, local anesthetic overdose, and spinal bradycardia, in the perioperative setting differs from events in the pre-hospital arena. As a result, modification of traditional ACLS protocols allows for more specific etiology-based resuscitation.

          Principal findings

          Perioperative arrests are both uncommon and heterogeneous and have not been described or studied to the same extent as cardiac arrest in the community. These crises are usually witnessed, frequently anticipated, and involve a rescuer physician with knowledge of the patient’s comorbidities and coexisting anesthetic or surgically related pathophysiology. When the health care provider identifies the probable cause of arrest, the practitioner has the ability to initiate medical management rapidly.


          Recommendations for management must be predicated on expert opinion and physiological understanding rather than on the standards currently being used in the generation of ACLS protocols in the community. Adapting ACLS algorithms and considering the differential diagnoses of these perioperative events may prevent cardiac arrest.



          Le grand ensemble d’événements liés à la réanimation cardiaque avancée (ACLS) tels que les embolies gazeuses, les surdosages d’anesthésiques locaux et la bradycardie sinusale dans un contexte périopératoire est différent des événements que l’on observe à l’extérieur de l’hopital. En conséquence, une modification des protocoles traditionnels d’ACLS permet une réanimation plus spécifique, en fonction de l’étiologie.

          Constatations principales

          Les arrêts cardiaques en période périopératoire sont à la fois rares et hétérogènes; ils n’ont pas été décrits ou étudiés avec la même ampleur que les arrêts cardiaques survenant hors de l’hôpital. Ces crises sont habituellement vécues en direct, souvent anticipées et impliquent l’intervention d’un médecin connaissant les comorbidités du patient ainsi que la physiopathologie en rapport avec l’intervention et les anesthésiques utilisés. Lorsque le professionnel de la santé identifie la cause probable de l’arrêt cardiaque, le praticien a la possibilité d’entreprendre rapidement une prise en charge médicale.


          Des recommandations pour la prise en charge doivent être fondées sur les avis d’experts et sur la compréhension de la physiologie plutôt que sur des normes actuellement utilisées pour la création de protocoles d’ACLS hors du milieu hospitalier. L’adaptation des algorithmes d’ACLS et la prise en compte des diagnostics différentiels de ces événements périopératoires peuvent prévenir les arrêts cardiaques.

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              Passive leg raising (PLR) represents a "self-volume challenge" that could predict fluid response and might be useful when the respiratory variation of stroke volume cannot be used for that purpose. We hypothesized that the hemodynamic response to PLR predicts fluid responsiveness in mechanically ventilated patients. Prospective study. Medical intensive care unit of a university hospital. We investigated 71 mechanically ventilated patients considered for volume expansion. Thirty-one patients had spontaneous breathing activity and/or arrhythmias. We assessed hemodynamic status at baseline, after PLR, and after volume expansion (500 mL NaCl 0.9% infusion over 10 mins). We recorded aortic blood flow using esophageal Doppler and arterial pulse pressure. We calculated the respiratory variation of pulse pressure in patients without arrhythmias. In 37 patients (responders), aortic blood flow increased by > or =15% after fluid infusion. A PLR increase of aortic blood flow > or =10% predicted fluid responsiveness with a sensitivity of 97% and a specificity of 94%. A PLR increase of pulse pressure > or =12% predicted volume responsiveness with significantly lower sensitivity (60%) and specificity (85%). In 30 patients without arrhythmias or spontaneous breathing, a respiratory variation in pulse pressure > or =12% was of similar predictive value as was PLR increases in aortic blood flow (sensitivity of 88% and specificity of 93%). In patients with spontaneous breathing activity, the specificity of respiratory variations in pulse pressure was poor (46%). The changes in aortic blood flow induced by PLR predict preload responsiveness in ventilated patients, whereas with arrhythmias and spontaneous breathing activity, respiratory variations of arterial pulse pressure poorly predict preload responsiveness.

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                Can J Anaesth
                Can J Anaesth
                Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia
                Springer-Verlag (New York )
                21 April 2012
                21 April 2012
                June 2012
                : 59
                : 6
                : 586-603
                [1 ]Department of Anesthesiology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, NY USA
                [2 ]Anesthesia Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL USA
                [3 ]American Anesthesiology of North Carolina/MEDNAX, Raleigh, NC USA
                [4 ]Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, University of Chicago, 5841 S Maryland Ave, MC 4028, Chicago, IL 60637 USA
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