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August 22, 1966

The Role of Assisted Circulation in Cardiac Resuscitation

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and the Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, Cleveland.

JAMA. 1966;197(8):615-618. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110080055017

Heart-lung machines now used for cardiac surgery should be considered for use as an extended form of cardiopulmonary resuscitation in selected patients. Of eight patients in whom cardiac arrest had proved refractory to open- or closed-heart cardiac massage, all but one were resuscitated and survived hours to days. One patient recovered completely.