Pharmacotherapy of cardiopulmonary arrest
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The assessment and treatment of patients requiring cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is discussed. Cardiovascular pharmacotherapy is discussed as suppressive therapy, stimulant therapy and treatment of hypotension. Special situations covered include hyperkalemia, anaphylaxis and drug overdosages. It is concluded that the likelihood of success of CPR depends on the rapid initiation of ventilation and restoration of circulation, and is inversely dependent on the severity of the underlying disease or injury.
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