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My grandpa died from a heart attack even after they didresuscitation about 15 minutes later. Should they havekept trying?
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Dr. Rada Ivanov
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
9 doctors agree
In brief: No
If he was resuscitated properly according to the protocols, and he did not come back in 15 min, it is usual practice to stop the code.

In brief: No
If he was resuscitated properly according to the protocols, and he did not come back in 15 min, it is usual practice to stop the code.
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Dr. Rada Ivanov
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Dr. Donald Elton
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
9 doctors agree
In brief: Hard to say
Survival from CPR is very poor. If a cardiac arrest occurs in a hospital the rate of survival without brain injury is less than 10%.
Usually there will be permanent and maybe very severe brain injury if a patient goes without breathing or heart beat for more than 5-10 minutes but often the timing is uncertain so we frequently try anyway just in case but knowing it almost never works.

In brief: Hard to say
Survival from CPR is very poor. If a cardiac arrest occurs in a hospital the rate of survival without brain injury is less than 10%.
Usually there will be permanent and maybe very severe brain injury if a patient goes without breathing or heart beat for more than 5-10 minutes but often the timing is uncertain so we frequently try anyway just in case but knowing it almost never works.
Dr. Donald Elton
Dr. Donald Elton
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Dr. Gavin Noble
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
7 doctors agree
In brief: Individualized
These situations are all very individualized.
If you have remaining questions, please talk to his doctors.

In brief: Individualized
These situations are all very individualized.
If you have remaining questions, please talk to his doctors.
Dr. Gavin Noble
Dr. Gavin Noble
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Dr. Asaf Presente
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
4 doctors agree
In brief: No perfect answer
Without lots of details it is impossible to say if the resuscitation algorithms were followed perfectly - however, there is no rule regarding the right length of time to continue to try to resuscitate a person - it was likely very reasonable to stop when the team working on him did - generally the longer a code goes on the less likely the person will recover (and be spared serious brain damage).

In brief: No perfect answer
Without lots of details it is impossible to say if the resuscitation algorithms were followed perfectly - however, there is no rule regarding the right length of time to continue to try to resuscitate a person - it was likely very reasonable to stop when the team working on him did - generally the longer a code goes on the less likely the person will recover (and be spared serious brain damage).
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Dr. Asaf Presente
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