Management of Cardiopulmonary Arrest in the Rehabilitation Setting


National Rehabilitation Hospital, 102 Irving Street NW, Washington, DC 20010-2949.


Life-threatening cardiac and respiratory arrests are stressful emergency situations. Nurses may be anxious and unsure of what needs to be done if their roles are not clearly defined. This article describes a system one rehabilitation hospital uses when responding to arrests, reviews the steps in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and presents an algorithm of a cardiopulmonary arrest.