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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 49-55

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation in coronavirus disease 2019 patients


1 Department of Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital of San Antonio; Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, San Antonio, Texas, USA
2 Department of Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital of San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA
3 Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Critical Care, Advanced Pediatrics Centre, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Utpal Bhalala
The Children's Hospital of San Antonio, Baylor College of Medicine, 315 N. San Saba Street, Suite 1135, San Antonio 78207, Texas
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/JPCC.JPCC_69_20

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We are faced with a novel human severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (CoV-2) that has been pronounced a pandemic by the World Health Organization in March 2020. This virus is highly contagious and can result in a disease that has been named CoV disease 2019 (COVID-19). It is characterized by severe pneumonia followed by a cytokine storm that can result in death. In such situations, performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can be a huge challenge because the virus can infect healthcare workers (HCW). For this reason, The American Heart Association and The Resuscitation Council (UK) have modified their guidance on performing CPR in COVID-19 patients to give them the best chance of survival while protecting the HCW. In this review, we aim to summarize the literature and share our experience in resuscitating COVID-19 patients or persons under investigations.


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