Lucas Marinacci

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Background: Extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR) has emerged as a rescue strategy for non-responders to conventional CPR (CCPR) in cardiac arrest. Definitive guidelines for ECPR deployment do not exist. Prior studies suggest that arrest rhythm and cardiac origin of arrest may be variables used to assess candidacy for ECPR. Aim: To describe a single center experience with ECPR and to assess associations between survival and physician-adjudicated origin of arrest and arrest rhythm. Methods: A retrospective review of all patients who underwent ECPR at a quaternary care center over a 7-year period was performed. Demographic and clinical characteristics were extracted from the medical record and used to adjudicate origin of cardiac arrest, etiology, rhythm, survival, and outcomes. Univariate analysis was performed to determine association of patient and arrest characteristics with survival. Results: Between 2010 and 2017, 47 cardiac arrest patients were initiated on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) at the time of active CPR. ECPR patient survival to hospital discharge was 25.5% (n=12). Twenty-six patients died on ECMO (55.3%) while 9 patients (19.1%) survived decannulation but died prior to discharge. Neither physician-adjudicated arrest rhythm nor underlying origin were significantly associated with survival to discharge, either alone or in combination. Younger age and arresting in the emergency department were significantly associated with survival. Nearly all survivors experienced myocardial recovery and left the hospital with a good neurological status. Conclusions: Arrest rhythm and etiology may be insufficient predictors of survival in ECPR utilization. Further studies are needed to determine evidenced based criteria for ECPR deployment.