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Survey of academic veterinarians' clinical practice in cardiopulmonary–cerebral resuscitation



This article is corrected by:

  1. Errata: Erratum Volume 23, Issue 5, 571, Article first published online: 9 September 2013

  • Dr. Kube's current address: Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists, 230 Main Street, Buzzard's Bay, MA 02532.

  • Dr. Brainard's current address: Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to:
Dr. Erik Hofmeister, Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602.


Objective: To document the clinical practice of cardiopulmonary–cerebral resuscitation (CPCR) among academic veterinarians.

Design: Survey.

Setting: Eight colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States.

Subjects: Two hundred and one academic veterinarians.

Interventions: The survey was distributed by hand by the authors into the mailboxes of small animal faculty, residents, and interns. Demographic variables, questions regarding number of cardiopulmonary arrests (CPA) supervised and number successful, do not attempt resuscitation discussions, and Likert-style questions about client presence during CPCR, appropriateness of CPCR, and CPCR decision-making were included. Multiple linear regression models were constructed to determine the effect of multiple questions on different target variables of interest.

Measurements and main results: Numerous differences were noted based on institution, gender, specialty, and position. Most institutions did not have a standard resuscitation consent form. Most respondents believed the client, house officer, and senior clinician should determine whether to perform resuscitation or not. Quality of life was the most significant determinant of whether to resuscitate or not, followed by long-term prognosis, then short-term prognosis.

Conclusions: Veterinarians differ in many aspects of their approach to CPA and resuscitation. Creating consensus within the veterinary profession would benefit client service and patient care.