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Lessons learnt from a tragic loss – but will things improve?

August 2012 Br J Cardiol 2012;19:141–3 doi:10.5837/bjc.2012.027

Lessons learnt from a tragic loss – but will things improve?

Stephen Westaby, Ravi De Silva, Shane George, Duncan Young, Yaver Bashir

Abstract

Case report Figure 1. The extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) system A 20-year-old female student under investigation for syncopal attacks was found to have a normal electrocardiogram (ECG) and cardiac morphology on echocardiography. She then suffered ventricular fibrillation at rest while talking to friends. They performed cardiac massage and a paramedic ambulance arrived within four minutes. Defibrillation was attempted using anterior and lateral electrodes. When this was unsuccessful, she was intubated and a Lucas cardiac compression device applied, even though the Accident and Emergency (A&E) department was less than one mile a

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