Cardiopulmonary resuscitation of old people

Lancet. 1983 Jul 30;2(8344):267-9. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(83)90244-1.


In a prospective study, cardiopulmonary resuscitation was attempted in 52 elderly patients (mean age 75.6 yr, range 64-91). Of 14 who were resuscitated initially, 5 died in the first week. Of the 9 still alive at one month (mean age 75.3, range 65-85), none seemed to have adverse effects, in terms of mental status or physical dependence, from the episode of cardiac arrest and resuscitation; 7 had left hospital. The nature of the cardiac dysrhythmia is a strong predictor of outcome. Age, sex, and time of arrest are not.

MeSH terms

  • Aged*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Heart Arrest / etiology
  • Heart Arrest / mortality
  • Heart Arrest / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Resuscitation* / methods