Case Report Published in A&A Journal
A&A Practice published “Should Percussion Pacing Have a Role in Perioperative Advanced Cardiac Life Support?: A Case Report” authored by Chris Giordano, MD, Ilan Keidan, MD, and Jordan Miller, MD.
A&A Practice is a journal for clinicians worldwide that supports the educational missions of the International Anesthesia Research Society and Anesthesia & Analgesia by publishing short yet informative, peer-reviewed articles that describe the unique perioperative or chronic pain-related clinical care of one to three patients; an important teaching point or novel educational tool; or an innovative solution to a perioperative services, patient safety, or global health management issue.
Read the abstract below and click here to view the full case report. Congratulations on your publication, doctors!
Percussion pacing involves using one’s fist to repeatedly strike a patient’s left sternal border in a rhythmic manner. The resulting increase in ventricular pressure can trigger myocardial depolarization and subsequent contraction. We describe the successful treatment of acute preoperative symptomatic sinus bradycardia with percussion pacing in a 63-year-old patient scheduled for placement of a gastric feeding tube after trauma involving spinal cord injury. Although no longer included in current advanced cardiovascular life support guidelines, percussion pacing may be a suitable alternative to chest compressions in multitrauma cases where the force of compressions could cause further complications.