Why Do Most Veterinary Patients Not Survive CPR?

October 15, 2017

Sean Smarick, VMD, DACVECC, director of collaboration for Compassion-First Pet Hospitals, hospital director for Allegheny Veterinary Emergency Trauma and Specialty, explains the disparity between the number of patients who are revived after CPR and the number of patients that survive after CPR.

Thirty-five percent of veterinary patients are revived with the use of CPR, but only 2% of those patients actually go home and survive after being discharged from the hospital.

Sean Smarick, VMD, DACVECC, director of collaboration for Compassion-First Pet Hospitals, hospital director for Allegheny Veterinary Emergency Trauma and Specialty, explains the disparity between the number of patients who are revived after CPR and the number of patients that survive after CPR.