Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is a major public health problem affecting over 300,000 persons in the United States each year. Therefore, Wang et al set out to determine if arterial oxygen and carbon dioxide abnormalities in the first 24 hours after return of spontaneous circulation are associated with increased mortality in adult out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
They found that in the first 24 hours after return of spontaneous circulation, post-arrest
oxygen and carbon dioxide tension abnormalities are associated with increased out-of-hospital cardiac arrest mortality.
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