UMEM Educational Pearls

Ventilation Pearls in the Post-Cardiac Arrest Patient

  • Some ventilation pearls from the recently released 2010 AHA guidelines include:
    • Set the tidal volume to 6-8 ml/kg ideal body weight
    • Titrate minute ventilation to achieve a PaCO2 between 40-45 mm Hg or PETCO2 between 35-40 mm Hg
    • Reduce the FiO2 to maintain SpO2 > 94%


Peberdy MA, Callaway CW, Neumar RW, et al. Post cardiac arrest care: 2010 American Heart Association guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care. Circulation 2010;122(S3):S768-S786.