Case Report, Analg Resusc Curr Res Vol: 8 Issue: 1
Cardiac Resuscitation in the Lateral Position and the Potential Role of Intraoperative Simulation: A Case Repor
Received: December 11, 2018 Accepted: December 21, 2018 Published:December 12, 2019
Citation: Konishi Y, Bertram V (2019) Cardiac Resuscitation in the Lateral Position and the Potential Role of Intraoperative Simulation: A Case Report. Analg Resusc: Curr Res 8:1.
Intraoperative resuscitation of patients in positions other than supine is inherently difficult. Rapidly returning patients supine requires a coordinated effort and is seldom rehearsed by theatre teams.
A 77-year-old female with severe pulmonary hypertension was scheduled to undergo a hemiarthroplasty repair for a fractured neck of femur. Under general anesthesia in the left lateral decubitus position, a massive embolus provoked during cement pressurization of the femur caused cardiovascular collapse and irretrievable right heart failure. Cardiac compressions were performed in the lateral position for approximately 8 minutes before the patient was turned supine. Intraoperative death was declared after 25 minutes of ACLS.
We suggest there is a role for developing an in situ intraoperative simulation program inclusive of all operating room team members that focuses on the resuscitation of patients positioned other than supine.