Talk:Respiratory arrest

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What about Apnea ? not much difference, I would say... -- Robodoc.at 22:17, 23 October 2006 (UTC)

Artié coronary[edit]

Anybody have any idea what this is? Google has nothing on it other than wikipedia mirrors, and I've never heard of it. --John24601 (talk) 22:51, 20 February 2008 (UTC)

Celebrity Deaths[edit]

New to wikipedia. How should Steve Jobs be referenced? Should it be removed?[Macrumors Article — Preceding unsigned comment added by Stoidi pukeaw (talkcontribs) 20:44, 10 October 2011 (UTC)

Distinguish from apnea[edit]

Cardiac arrest does not solely include asystole; it also includes conditions such as ventricular fibrillation.

Is respiratory arrest defined analogously, such that it is not limited to apnea and instead also includes severe bradypnea or hypopnea that is insufficient to sustain life? The word "effectively" in the lede ("failure of the lungs to function effectively") seems to imply so, but I think this could be clarified further. How? --SoledadKabocha (talk) 07:38, 6 January 2016 (UTC)


Suggestions for improving respiratory arrest[edit]

Hi, my name is Shannon Tai and I am a student editor from Saint Louis University. This article does a good job in maintaining a neutral, stable point of view and citing after every piece of information. However, it is not broad in its coverage. This article could benefit from an expansion of medical components of respiratory arrest and possibly some newfound facts from current research studies. The second reference listed in the references sections labelled “National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute” brings me to a page that discusses respiratory failure. However, respiratory failure and respiratory arrest are two different things. Respiratory arrest refers to the complete cessation of breathing. Respiratory failure is the inability to provide adequate ventilation for the body’s requirements. This citation is very questionable and should be replaced in the article. I recommend using the following citation to learn more about the possible causes of respiratory arrest in infants. You can read the abstract if you click the link at the end of the citation. Shannon.tai (talk)

Leape LL, Holder TM, Franklin JD, Amoury RA, Ashcraft KW. Respiratory arrest in infants secondary to gastroesophageal reflux. Pediatrics. 1977. 60(6). [1]

Good references to look at[edit]

Below are some good references to look at to expand this article. I welcome all feedback. You can access the papers of the following references by clicking on the link at the end of each reference. I am using the Vancouver System for citations. Shannon.tai (talk)

Schindler MB, Bohn D, Cox BN, McCrindle BW, Jarvis A, Edmonds J, Barker G. Outcome of out-of-hospital cardiac or respiratory arrest in children. New England journal of medicine. 1996; 335:1473-1479. [2]

Fish DR, Howard RS, Wiles CM, Simon L. Respiratory arrest: a complication of cerebellar ectopia in adults. Journal of neurology. 1988; 51: 714-716. [3]

Ideas for improving the article[edit]

Overall, this stub will benefit from more sections, such as causes, symptoms, diagnoses, and treatment. This is an important medical phenomenon that must be informed to the public. I welcome all feedback and encourage fellow wikipedia editors to discuss any of the extensions I make within this article. Shannon.tai (talk)

Within the introduction, I thought it was important to distinguish the differences between cardiac arrest and respiratory arrest as well as the differences between respiratory failure and respiratory arrest. These distinct definitions will lessen confusion for readers. Furthermore, I expanded the causes of respiratory arrest by adding three more detailed causes: airway obstruction, decreased respiratory effort, and respiratory muscle weakness. Shannon.tai (talk)

Review of recent edits[edit]

You have added some good material to this article. A couple of specific suggestions:

  • In general, WP articles can be improved with more but smaller paragraphs. You should apply this to the lead.
  • The lead should only contain a summary of information in the rest of the article. Some of the material in the second paragraph may be better suited to a new section. See the Style Guide for a list of suggested sections for an article on Diseases or disorders or syndromes. For example, the explanation of how respiratory arrest differs from respiratory failure might be moved to a new section on Diagnosis.
  • The article needs many more references. Every statement of fact needs to have a reference. Note that one sentence may have more than one statement of fact or one statement may be distributed in more than one sentence.
  • Many wikilinks should be added to other articles.

Thank you for your feedback. I truly appreciate the edits that you are encouraging me to make. I improved my WP article with more but smaller paragraphs in the lead. I included the explanation of how respiratory arrest differs from respiratory failure in the lead, because we talked in our meeting how it is important to establish the differences between the two. Otherwise, they might be mistaken for the same thing. It is important to inform the readers on why respiratory arrest is different form respiratory failure and why respiratory arrest is an important topic to have its own wikipedia article. Thank you for the suggestion of adding more references. I added many references after each statement of facts. Generally, I used one citation per paragraph of 200 words. I also incorporated many more wiki links to all of my sections. Thank you for your input! It has greatly improved my article. Shannon.tai (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 00:43, 9 May 2016 (UTC)

Hello, I like the list of treatments that you have added, but I don't think that it's obvious that it's complete. For instance, oropharyngeal, nasopharyngeal and supraglottic airway adjuncts are not included. Also, as a generic point, it's not mentioned that treatment includes providing high-concentration oxygen.cannywizard (talk) 09:54, 24 August 2016 (UTC)