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Outcomes of cardiac arrest in hospital

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Among children with cardiac arrest cardiac rhythms that respond to electric shocks (ventricular fibrillation or tachycardia) are much less common than in adults: children are much more likely to have electrical asystole or pulseless electrical activity. The cardiac arrest is usually a result of progressive respiratory failure or shock. The outcomes of cardiac arrest in hospital have been reported for 855 children in a multicentre US study (

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