Future Prospects

Though the use of drugs in resuscitation has declined in the last decade (Baskett 2000), the evidence base for the use of drugs during cardiac arrest has grown. There has been much interest in the role of vasopressin rather than adrenaline/epinephrine to cause peripheral constriction (Krismer et al. 2001) though it is not yet recommended. Since the majority of cardiac arrests are associated with coronary artery disease, the use of thrombolytic drugs has been suggested and initial studies are promising (Bottiger & Martin 2001). Larger scale studies are anticipated (Nolan et al. 2002).

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