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Prehospital use of adrenaline reduces survival in cardiac arrest, study finds

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 02 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7430
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

The prehospital use of adrenaline (epinephrine) in patients in cardiac arrest is associated with an increased risk of death or debilitating brain damage, a large cohort study in France has found.

Guidelines recommend giving adrenaline every 3-5 minutes during resuscitation of patients in cardiac arrest, as it increases the likelihood of restoring spontaneous circulation. But the effects on long term survival have been uncertain.

Researchers analysed records of all patients with cardiac arrest …

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