How likely is a patient to be left in a coma from which they do not awaken after CPR?
Most persons resuscitated successfully from cardiac arrest—who establish a pulse and breathing and are admitted to the hospital—wake up and survive. Adults who do not awaken within several days after having their heart restarted following a cardiac arrest usually die within a week. In many cases they die because supportive care is then withdrawn. Children who do not awaken are more likely to be left in a permanent coma.
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