Cardiac Arrest In The OR

My hospital routinely runs mock codes in a variety of settings to make sure that all providers can quickly and efficiently act as a team if the worst happens. This includes our operating rooms. Cardiac arrest under anesthesia in the OR is fortunately rare.  The total number of OR procedures performed in the US last year was 51.4 million. The incidence of intraoperative cardiac arrest has been quoted as less than 0.1%. However, a small percentage of a large number is still a fairly significant number. Getting prepared for rare events is often more challenging than preparing for regular events. When a rare event happens the shock and fear induced by the event can erase protocol from the most prepared mind. Let me share some of the things that I’ve learned over almost 36 years of OR emergencies. Continue reading