Predictive Factors for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Failure
How to cite this article: Pramono A, Widyastuti Y, Soenarto Y, Rochmawati E, Sudadi. Predictive factors for cardio-pulmonary resuscitation failure. Indian J Palliat Care 2021;27:426-30.
Patients with chronic diseases are often admitted to the hospital through the emergency room of the hospital because of complaints of dyspnoea, urinary retention, decreased consciousness and cardiac arrest requiring resuscitation. The purpose of this study is to find predictive factors for failure of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in patients of chronic diseases.
Materials and Methods:
This cross-sectional study took medical records of patients who were carried out from primary healthcare center in Yogyakarta from 2017 to 2019. Bivariate statistical analysis used Fisher’s exact test to determine the relative risk; if P < 0.25, then multivariate analysis with logistic regression continued with the backward method to obtain the odds ratio (OR).
The results indicate that cardiac arrest patients with sepsis are most likely to fail at CPR, whereas male patients are 9.1 times (OR 9.1); patients with acidosis, 8.1 times (OR 8.1); and patients with asystole heart rhythm, 7.8 times (OR 7.8, P < 0.05). We can conclude that male patients with sepsis, acidosis or asystole heart rhythm will almost certainly fail to receive resuscitation.
Sepsis or septic shock, the male gender, acidosis, and asystole rhythm can be determinants of mortality in patients with chronic diseases who undergo CPR. It is necessary for one to test the application of the checklist or data from other hospitals and score the predictive factors to make the determination of the success of CPR easier.
Chronic and life-threatening diseases are increasingly occurring because of the development of medical science. Palliative care relieves the patient of pain and other aggravating symptoms and affirms that life and death are natural. Some of the major disease diagnoses are handled in palliative care, namely, cardiovascular disease (38.4%), followed by cancer (34.01%), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, HIV/AIDS, diabetes mellitus (DM) and other chronic diseases in small numbers.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in chronic disease patients who come to the hospital often encounters ethical problems such as the need to be resuscitated or not to be resuscitated. This may be due to the assumption that cardiac arrest patients who are not resuscitated are considered untreated. The decision not to resuscitate is basically meant for protecting the patient from invasive measures that may not be beneficial, but doctors often hesitate to discuss with the patient’s family. Limited resources in terms of rooms, medical equipment, and personnel indicate that clinicians have to make fast and accurate decisions regarding the management of palliative patients who are resuscitated. Clinicians should be able to predict patient survival after resuscitation, rather than prescribing measures that prolong the death process. Energy resources, tools, and intensive rooms can ultimately be maximized to treat patients who really need and can expect their recovery, rather than being given to patients who are in the terminal phase. There is a dilemma when determining whether to resuscitate and where is the place of care after resuscitation related to chronic disease that cannot be treated. The ethical dilemma between resuscitation and no resuscitation may be resolved if the prognosis of patients who come for resuscitation or post-resuscitation objectively can be made.
This study aims to find predictive factors for failure of CPR in patients of chronic diseases. The data can be checked as a predictor of whether a patient can still be expected to live or be successfully given resuscitation so that they can serve as a guide for explaining to the patient’s family his/her chances of survival. This research should be conducted because until now, there has been no prediction of death or the failure of CPR in patients with chronic diseases.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
This study used a cross-sectional method, by taking data from the medical records of primary healthcare centre in Yogyakarta from 2017 to 2019.
The inclusion criteria were age >18 years, a chronic disease, suffering from cardiac arrest, and previous resuscitation process. The exclusion criteria were previous traffic accident and current trauma. Patient identities (age and sex); diagnosis; comorbidities; heart rhythm; the number of CPR cycles; and resuscitation results, whether life or death; were taken and listed in a table. This research received ethical approval number 041/EC-EXEM-KEPK FKIK UMY/IV/2020.
The data obtained were then grouped based on the results, life, or death after resuscitation; then, Fisher’s exact test was performed to see which factors had the most influence on the underarm success of patients undergoing CPR.
From medical record data, 66 subjects met the inclusion criteria. Sixty-six subjects met the criteria, 58 died or had failed resuscitation, and eight were successfully resuscitated or had return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) but died later. There were 41 (62.1%) men and 25 (37.9%) women who received CPR in the inpatient room, emergency department, and ICU, with a mean age of 62.4 ± 13.8 years. The number of CPR cycles performed was divided into <5 times, amounting to 25 (37.9%) subjects and >5 times, totaling 41 (62.1%). The heart rhythm of the subjects obtained a picture of asystole, as many as 46 (69.7%); PEA, 6 (9.1%); VT/VF, 3 (4.5%); and others, 11 (16.7%). Based on the diagnosis and comorbidities, there was 1 patient (1.5%) subject with a malignancy factor, 20 patients (30.3%) with sepsis/septic shock, 22 (33.3%) with DM, 20 (30.3%) with cardiogenic shock, 19 (28.8%) with respiratory failure, 28 (42.4%) with chronic renal failure (CKD), and 36 (54.5%) with acidosis; 58 patients (87.9%) died after CPR, and 8 (12.1%) lived or had ROSC [Table 1]. Fisher’s exact test, bivariate statistical test, was carried out in the group of dead or alive subjects, and it was found that asystole, PEA and sepsis/septic shock had statistically significant differences (P < 0.05). The risk of death in patients with asystole was 1.37 times than that in those without asystole, and sepsis/septic shock was 1.21 times more than that in patients without sepsis/septic shock. PEA rhythms were found to be protective or have a 0.55 times lower risk of dying than without PEA. The risk of death by sex was 1.16 times; malignancy was 1.14 times; cardiogenic shock was 1.12 times; respiratory failure was 1.03 times; chronic renal failure was 1.03 times, and acidosis was 1.18 times, but it was not statistically significant [Table 2].
|Subject variables||Outcome||P||RR||CI 95%|
|Subject variables||Outcome||P-value||RR||CI 95%|
To show the risk factors that most influence the likelihood of a patient dying or an unsuccessful CPR, a multivariate analysis statistical test was performed using the backward logistic regression method. The variables tested were those that had a P < 0.25 in the bivariate test, including gender, asystole, PEA, sepsis, DM, cardiogenic, and acidosis. The multivariate result that had a significant effect was acidosis (P = 0.035, i.e. P < 0.05), with a risk of dying being 7.8 times; men had a 9.1 times risk of dying; sepsis patients were most likely to die; and acidosis patients had a risk of dying 8.1 times. Gender, sepsis/septic shock, and acidosis were not statistically significant but had a large OR value [Table 3].
Patients with chronic diseases and those under palliative care still vary in the management of cardiac arrest. Medical personnel, including doctors, generally can predict whether a patient’s condition will worsen or improve based on intuition or prognostic factors. Prognostic factors can be determined based on the predictions and experience of physicians in clinical practice to produce estimates of life expectancy.[7,8] Several prognostic models have been developed based on these prognostic factors, such as the palliative prognostic score, the palliative prognostic index, and the Glasgow prognostic score, which are the most validated, but further studies are required to make them easier to understand.
In this study, no patients with sepsis or septic shock survived or had ROSC after being treated with CPR. Other risk factors were men, who had a risk of dying 9.1 times; acidosis, 8.1 times; and asystole, the only factor that was statistically significant (P < 0.05), of 7.8 times. Male patients had more cardiac arrest and performed CPR than female patients.[10,11] Research by Ahmad et al. indicated that male patients have more potential to be given DnR status (do not resuscitate) because they are included in the criteria for a low probability of CPR success. The success criteria for low CPR are patients with malignant disease, multi-organ failure, acute stroke, and bed-only activity.
The probability of success of CPR is low in patients undergoing surgery and cardiac arrest and in patients with non-shockable heart rhythms such as asystole, PEA and tachycardia. Acidosis that is not handled properly can cause circulatory failure so that the supply of oxygen to the tissues is disturbed and can aggravate the condition of acidosis. Acidosis is the result of anaerobic metabolism due to lack of oxygen supply. If acidosis lasts for a long time, it can cause multi-organ failure. Research by Trehan et al. indicates that acidosis, which is characterized by an increase in lactic acid levels and a decrease in blood pH, is a predictor of death after CPR. Increased lactate levels also occur in septic patients. Although there are still differences in the management of septic patients, there are advances in understanding the pathophysiology of sepsis. The increase in lactic acid indicates hypoperfusion in the tissue and is associated with the cause of death.[16,17]
There is organ failure and dysfunction due to the response to infection or inflammation which can be life-threatening for the patient. In septic shock and severe sepsis, even a DnR command is given in case of worsening of cardiac arrest. Although further research is still required regarding the application of risk factors for unsuccessful CPR, the data obtained can be a strong consideration for whether CPR can be carried out, especially in patients with chronic diseases or a palliative status. Factors such as sepsis or septic shock, the male gender, signs of acidosis, and no heart rhythm or asystole can be checked to indicate the possibility of unsuccessful CPR. This study has several limitations because the data are only from medical records, so it is difficult to confirm with the medical team if there are doubts about the data. In addition, data were collected in one hospital for a short period of time, so the results may not be generalized.
Apart from some of the limitations of this study, the data obtained indicate that not all patients can receive CPR because of its low success, especially if several indicators are found, such as those in this study.
Sepsis or septic shock, the male gender, acidosis, and asystole rhythm can be determinants of mortality in patients with chronic diseases who undergo CPR. It is necessary for one to test the application of the checklist or data from other hospitals and score the predictive factors to make determination of the success of CPR easier.
We thank to PKU Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta Hospital for data collection.
Declaration of patient consent
Patient’s consent not required as there are no patients in this study.
Financial support and sponsorship
We thank to LP3M Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta for funding this research project.
Conflicts of interest
There are no conflicts of interest.
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