Active compression-decompression CPR improves vital organ perfusion in a dog model of ventricular fibrillation

M. W. Chang, P. Coffeen, Keith G Lurie, J. Shultz, Robert J Bache, C. W. White

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

82 Scopus citations


Objectives: This study was designed to assess whether a new method of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), termed active compression-decompression CPR, or ACD-CPR, improves organ perfusion when compared with standard (S) CPR in a dog model of ventricular fibrillation. Background: ACD-CPR has recently been shown to improve hemodynamic and respiratory parameters during cardiac arrest when compared with standard CPR. However, to our knowledge, the effects of ACD-CPR on tissue perfusion have not been investigated. Methods: Ventricular fibrillation was induced in eight anesthetized, intubated animals. ACD-CPR and standard CPR were each performed twice in alternating order. All interventions were preceded by 1 min of ventricular fibrillation, in which no CPR was performed, and consisted of 6 min of CPR with either technique during which tissue perfusion was measured. Compressions were performed at 80/min with a 50 percent duty cycle and 175 to 200 N downward force applied to the chest wall for both techniques. Epinephrine was administered at the beginning of each 6-min CPR interval. Hemodynamic monitoring of aortic and right atrial pressure was performed continuously and myocardial, cerebral, and renal blood flows were measured using the radiolabeled microsphere technique at baseline and during all interventions. Results: Baseline organ perfusion and hemodynamics were similar for all dogs. Baseline left ventricular, brain, and renal blood flows were 62.0±5.5, 14.1±2.1, and 476.3±55.5 ml/min/100 g, respectively (mean±SEM). Compared with standard CPR, ACD-CPR resulted in higher global left ventricular (22.5±6.2 vs 14.1±4.0 ml/min/100 g, p<0.01), cerebral (12.0±2.4 vs 8.5±2.3 ml/min/100 g, p<0.01), and renal cortical (27.8±5.0 vs 17.5±5.0 ml/min/100 g, p<0.05) blood flows. Regional flows to the epicardium, endocardium, and midmyocardium as well as to the frontal, parietal, and occipital lobes of the brain were all significantly improved by ACD-CPR. Aortic systolic (61.7±4.1 vs 49.5±3.1 mm Hg, p<0.01), aortic mean (31.6±2.8 vs 27.2±2.2 mm Hg, p=0.001), and myocardial perfusion pressure (12.9±3.4 vs 10.4±3.4 mm Hg, ACD-CPR vs standard CPR, p<0.01) were all higher during ACD-CPR than during standard CPR. Conclusions: We conclude that ACD-CPR improves tissue perfusion and systemic hemodynamics compared with standard CPR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1250-1259
Number of pages10
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1994


  • cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • cerebral blood flow
  • hemodynamics
  • left ventricular blood flow
  • renal blood flow


Dive into the research topics of 'Active compression-decompression CPR improves vital organ perfusion in a dog model of ventricular fibrillation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this