Outcomes and risk factors of cardiac arrest after vascular surgery procedures
Vascular Surgical Procedures
Patients undergoing vascular surgery who suffer a postoperative cardiac arrest frequently die in spite of receiving CPR; for those who survive, there is likely to be prolonged hospitalization and significant morbidity. These data provide an evidence base for discussing goals of care, advance directives, and code status with vascular surgery patients and their surrogates. Further research into how to best communicate risk, to elicit patient preferences, and to engage in shared decision making is needed.