Two prior trials:
Amiodarone may be better than Lidocaine, as well as no drug
Both studies looked at how many people were admitted to the
hospital after cardiac arrest. Neither study had enough patients
to see how many patients survived to hospital discharge.
Both medications are currently used in our EMS system.
Both are used as one of the main treatments.
Both medications could be harmful. We do not know how
many patients survive to hospital discharge.
The use of these drugs may stop people from receiving other
more effective treatments.