As the immediate ABCDE priorities are being attended to, consider the five further issues highlighted in the introduction to this session.

What key questions should be considered following a cardiac arrest?

  • What caused the arrest?
  • What immediate further investigation and treatment is needed?
  • What can be done to optimise outcome?
  • Do I cool them?
  • Is this patient salvageable?
  • Is the proposed course of action in the patient’s best interests?
  • Who is going to continue caring for this patient and what information do they need?

After initial basic care, five broader areas merit consideration.