How technology can save lives in cardiac arrest

Scquizzato T, Gamberini L, Semeraro F.
Curr Opin Crit Care. 2022 Jun 1;28(3):250-255. doi: 10.1097/MCC.0000000000000930. Epub 2022 Mar 9.
PMID: 35653244


Purpose of review: Technology is being increasingly implemented in the fields of cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. In this review, we describe how recent technological advances have been implemented in the chain of survival and their impact on outcomes after cardiac arrest. Breakthrough technologies that are likely to make an impact in the future are also presented.

Recent findings: Technology is present in every link of the chain of survival, from prediction, prevention, and rapid recognition of cardiac arrest to early cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillation. Mobile phone systems to notify citizen first responders of nearby out-of-hospital cardiac arrest have been implemented in numerous countries with improvement in bystanders’ interventions and outcomes. Drones delivering automated external defibrillators and artificial intelligence to support the dispatcher in recognising cardiac arrest are already being used in real-life out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Wearables, smart speakers, surveillance cameras, and artificial intelligence technologies are being developed and studied to prevent and recognize out-of-hospital and in-hospital cardiac arrest.

Summary: This review highlights the importance of technology applied to every single step of the chain of survival to improve outcomes in cardiac arrest. Further research is needed to understand the best role of different technologies in the chain of survival and how these may ultimately improve outcomes.

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    Scquizzato T, Gamberini L, Semeraro F. How technology can save lives in cardiac arrest. Curr Opin Crit Care. 2022;28(3):250-255. doi:10.1097/MCC.0000000000000930

    Tommaso Scquizzato
    Tommaso Scquizzato

    Tommaso Scquizzato is a researcher in the fields of cardiac arrest and resuscitation science at the Center for Intensive Care and Anesthesiology of San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, Italy. He is the Social Media Editor of Resuscitation, member of the Social Media Working Group of ILCOR, and member of the ERC BLS Science and Education Committee.

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