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HOT Controversies in Traumatic Cardiac Arrest: What do the experts say?

Prehospital traumatic cardiac arrest is relatively rare and highly complex event that will challenge even the most skilled providers and resuscitation teams. This is further complicated by a shortfall of evidence-based consensus guidelines to help EMS providers rapidly identify, assess, prioritize and care for underlying life-threats as they simultaneously work to resuscitate the patient. What is the best balance between simple algorithms that focus on core priorities versus critical thinking recommendations that address issues more specifically? This session looks at the latest research and guidelines from key organizations such as the National Association of EMS Physicians, American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, and the American Heart Association as well as similar organizations from around the world to help us make the best decisions and take rapid action to give our patients the best hope of survival.

Teaching Formats:


-Case studies

-Question and Answer

Learning Objectives: Students will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast key traumatic cardiac arrest priorities from major resuscitation stakeholder groups from around the world.
  • Debate resuscitation tools and techniques that provide the most “bang for the buck” based on existing trauma system resources.
  • Define the role of recommendations for non-traumatic cardiac arrest resuscitation in the context of traumatic cardiac arrest.

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