DRUG NEWS: Study could transform out-of-hospital treatment

March 2004 
Volume 34  Number 3
Pages 30 - 30
  PDF Version Available!


  • Source

    A large European study indicates that when given to patients experiencing asystole outside a hospital, vasopressin is dramatically better at saving lives than epinephrine, the drug of choice under current guidelines. However, vasopressin and epinephrine were similarly effective when used to treat ventricular fibrillation and pulseless electrical activity (PEA).

    Researchers randomly assigned 1,186 adults experiencing out-of-hospital cardiac arrest to receive either vasopressin or epinephrine. Among patients with asystole, the rate of survival to hospital admission was significantly higher in patients receiving vasopressin than epinephrine (29% versus 20.3%). The rate of survival to hospital discharge was also higher (4.7% versus 1.5%).

    Rates of survival to hospital admission for patients experiencing ventricular fibrillation or PEA weren't significantly different. But among 732 patients who didn't respond ...

Purchase Now !

To purchase this item, follow the instructions below. If you’re not already logged in, be sure to enter your login information below to ensure that your item is saved to your File Drawer after you purchase it.

Not a member? Join now for Free!

1) If you're not already logged in, enter your information below to save this item in your File Drawer for future viewing.

User name:


Forgot your user name or password?
2)  If you have a coupon or promotional code, enter it
here.(If not, just click Continue.

Digital Coupon: (optional)

3)  Click Continue to go to the next screen, where
you'll enter your payment details.

Featured Jobs

Benefits of Membership

FREE E-Newsletters
Sign up for our free enewsletters to stay up-to-date in your area of practice - or take a look at an archive of prior issues

Join our CESaver program to earn up to 100 contact hours for only $34.95
Register Now

Lippincott's NursingCenter.com
Explore a world of online resources

Become a Member