Best Practices in Managing Cardiac Arrest in the Emergency Department During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Mayo Clin Proc. 2020 Dec;95(12):2704-2708. doi: 10.1016/j.mayocp.2020.10.009. Epub 2020 Oct 16.


Infection by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 has led to cardiac complications including an increasing incidence of cardiac arrest. The resuscitation of these patients requires a conscious effort to minimize the spread of the virus. We present a best-practice model based in four guiding principles: (1) reduce the risk of exposure to the entire health care team; (2) decrease the number of aerosol generating procedures; (3) use a small resuscitation team to limit potential exposure; and (4) consider early termination of resuscitative efforts.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19 / complications
  • COVID-19 / transmission*
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation / methods*
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • Heart Arrest / etiology
  • Heart Arrest / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Infection Control / methods
  • Pandemics
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration
  • Personal Protective Equipment / standards
  • SARS-CoV-2