Communication between physicians and patients regarding end-of-life issues and cardiopulmonary resuscitation was assessed using a questionnaire at the University Hospital of the West Indies. This study revealed the need for greater communication and physicians’ lack of confidence in their communication skills.
This is a synthesis of the new guidelines on the care of cardiac arrest, with key updates based on the best scientific evidence, to facilitate better-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation among health professionals.
The occurrence of cardiac arrest is a stressful and critical event. Despite technological advances in the training of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques, mortality remains high, and patients survive up to discharge with high levels of neurological complications. The European Resuscitation Council guidelines and the American Heart Association as of 2015 hold the best recommendations in performing CPR.