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- 1.1. Two cases of cardiac arrest are presented and the problems encountered are discussed.
- 2.2. The various prophylactic measures are emphasized. Prophylaxis is the best means of meeting the over-all problem of cardiac arrest and if practiced conscientiously will unquestionably reduce the incidence to a minimum. The repeated doses of atropine to block as far as possible the trigger mechanism of a vagovagal reflex in an already sensitized heart is believed a worth while addition to the prophylactic regimen.
- 3.3. The various resuscitative measures are outlined.
- 4.4. Cardiac massage is a traumatic procedure as is noted by rupture of the right ventricle in Case I and a lesser degree of damage in Case II.
- 5.5. A means of positive pressure oxygen, a knife and retractor are the only essential pieces of resuscitative equipment; however, a defibrillator and automatic pacemaker are worth while investments.
- 6.6. The urgency of immediate massage is again emphasized.
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