Pediatric cardiopulmonary-cerebral resuscitation: an overview and future directions

Crit Care Clin. 2003 Jul;19(3):337-64. doi: 10.1016/s0749-0704(03)00003-4.


The evolving understanding of pathophysiologic events during and after pediatric cardiac arrest has not yet resulted in significantly improved outcome. Exciting breakthroughs in basic and applied science laboratories are, however, on the immediate horizon for study in specific subpopulations of cardiac arrest victims. Strategically focusing therapies to specific phases of cardiac arrest and resuscitation and evolving pathophysiologic events offers great promise that critical care interventions will lead the way to more successful cardiopulmonary and cerebral resuscitation in children.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation / methods*
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation / trends
  • Cerebrovascular Circulation
  • Heart Arrest / epidemiology
  • Heart Arrest / physiopathology
  • Heart Arrest / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Hypoxia, Brain / physiopathology
  • Hypoxia, Brain / therapy*
  • Pediatrics*