RECOVER – Saving Lives through Veterinary Research and Education

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RECOVER CPR
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Headquartered in Gardena, California, DV Medical Supply is a family-owned company that has served medical, pharmaceutical, and veterinary communities for nearly four decades. DV Medical Supply is a member of the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society (VECCS), which hosts the annual International Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Symposium and champions initiatives such as RECOVER CPR.

While the survival rate for humans that go into cardiopulmonary arrest (CPA) is over 20 percent, the portion of cats and dogs who survive is lower than 6 percent. Advances in CPA interventions for humans are largely the result of standardization in medical guidelines and training, but for several decades, similar standards for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) did not exist in the realm of veterinary medicine. VECCS and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) partnered to advance the veterinary understanding of CPA through an initiative entitled The Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary Resuscitation, or RECOVER.

Over the course of 18 months, the organizations worked with an international group of 100 board-certified veterinarians to develop a set of best practices for veterinary CPR. The all-volunteer initiative conducted an extensive review of current knowledge surrounding CPR, then drew on this to create a set of evidence-based guidelines outlining proper CPR procedures for dogs and cats. The results of the initiative appeared in the June 2012 edition of the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, which provides a comprehensive overview encompassing the new veterinary CPR guidelines, drug dosing charts, and a summary of the research considered by the project.

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