November 12, 2017

Who Created the RECOVER Initiative?

John D. Anastasio, DVM, DACVECC, medical director of emergency and critical care at VRC Specialty Hospital in Malvern, Pennsylvania, explains why the RECOVER Initiative was created.


The RECOVER Initiative was started by a group of critical care specialists in veterinary medicine. John D. Anastasio, DVM, DACVECC, medical director of emergency and critical care at VRC Specialty Hospital in Malvern, Pennsylvania, explains why the RECOVER Initiative was created.

The goal of the initiative was to identify the reason why survival rates for people who experienced cardiopulmonary arrest were higher than for dogs and cats. What they found are that there were standardized guidelines and training programs for human medical professionals, but not for veterinary professionals.

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