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Saved by the pump: Two successful resuscitations utilising emergency department-initiated extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation in South Africa.

S Afr Med J 2021 Mar 2;111(3):208-210. Epub 2021 Mar 2.

Emergency medical officer, private practice, Pretoria, South Africa.

Extracorporeal life support is the utilisation of advanced techniques to sustain circulatory and/or ventilatory functions in critically ill patients when standard therapies fail. It is well established in developed countries. There is increasing literature supporting its application in refractory cardiac arrest with a potential reversible cause, a procedure also known as extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (eCPR). Two cases where eCPR was successfully utilised in a busy (>30 000 visits per year) private South African emergency department are described here, the first such cases to be reported on the African continent. The first patient had a life-threatening cardiac arrhythmia due to toxin ingestion, and the second a refractory ventricular fibrillation due to acute myocardial infarction. In both these cases the cardiac arrest was witnessed, occurred in the emergency department, and failed to respond to standard advanced resuscitative measures. Both the patients were discharged neurologically intact. Although it is effective, the benefit of this advanced method of resuscitation in a low- to middle-income country is debated.
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