CPR research must continue
In the University Hospital of Giessen and Marburg (UKGM), the physicians have, however, been using the ventilation mode only in the shock room so far. In the future, Dr. Plöger would like to see CCSV also being used in other areas of the hospital. “It’s easy to use, we just need to convince people more.” It’s also important that experts explain what role ventilation plays in CPR. “This issue needs to come to the fore. We know it’s important to restore the cardiovascular function. That’s something people have become increasingly aware of over the past few years. We now need to explain: What role does the form of ventilation play? Is there anything else we can optimize? Unfortunately, there haven’t been enough studies done in this field so far.” She encourages her colleagues to use CCSV: “The ventilation mode has revolutionized the way we influence breathing and cardiovascular function. The ability to improve blood flow with ventilation was something people weren’t aware of in this way before. But the breakthrough will only come with enough data so we can provide all patients with better treatment. That’s why it’d be great to find even more users so we can advance CPR research even more.”
Dr. Birgit Plöger
Dr. Birgit Plöger is a senior consultant in the Center for Emergency Medicine of the University Hospital of Gießen and Marburg. She has been an emergency physician and medical director for over 20 years as well as director of the Simulation Center in the DRK-Rettungsdient Central Hesse emergency medical services. Emergency medicine is more than just a job for Dr. Plöger. Whether it’s training colleagues or working with and on patients – she is passionate about everything she does. A passion that also comes across in our conversation.