Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary Resuscitation (RECOVER)

Welcome to the RECOVER initiative web site. This initiative was spearheaded by co-Chairs Dr. and Dr. with the following goals:

  1. To facilitate an evidence review of the current literature on veterinary cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  2. To derive a draft set of clinical guidelines for veterinary CPR based on the evidence review
  3. To collate and incorporate feedback from the veterinary community at large and develop a set of consensus CPR guidelines
  4. To disseminate these consensus, evidence-based veterinary CPR guidelines widely

You can navigate this site using the menu of links to the left of this page. Documents currently available include the RECOVER organization chart, an executive summary describing the structure and goals of the initiative, and access to the lists of questions investigated during the evidence-gathering process as well as PDF files containing the current evidence worksheet drafts. In addition, a series of draft clinical guidelines based on the worksheet process as well as CPR and Post-Arrest Algorithm charts and a CPR Drug Dosing Chart are available. You can provide feedback on ANY of these by clicking on the "Comments" links on the respective pages or by emailing the co-Chairs directly.

Final Results of RECOVER 2012 Published!

The final results of the RECOVER 2012 initiative are available for free download from the JVECC Home Page. Thank you to all of the participants for your hard work. It would have been IMPOSSIBLE without you. Check back soon for information about RECOVER 2017!

CPR vs. CPCR Terminology (Click here to comment)

The RECOVER initiative utilizes the term "cardiopulmonary resuscitation" (CPR) to summarize all activities associated with resuscitation efforts in animals with cardiac arrest and discourages the use of CPCR. CPR is an internationally recognizable term that is easily identifiable by veterinary professionals and lay people alike. Thus the term CPR is less confusing than CPCR, and is appropriately descriptive. CPCR is not used outside of the veterinary community, and its use will likely complicate communication with human medical professionals and the lay community. While RECOVER, as any cardiopulmonary resuscitation oriented organization, acknowledges the central impact of anoxic brain injury on outcomes from cardiac arrest, there are few interventions currently proven to be effective at providing a selective brain resuscitative effect exclusive of the cardiopulmonary effects of those interventions during BLS or ALS. CPCR may also be misunderstood as a specific type of CPR, such as the cardiocerebral resuscitation (CCR) system (Ewy et al.), consisting exclusively of continuous chest compressions in bystander initiated CPR for witnessed primary cardiac arrest.


The RECOVER Initiative would like to express it's sincere gratitutde for the generous support of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.

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