Study concept and design: Mentzelopoulos, S. G. Zakynthinos.
Acquisition of data: Malachias, Chamos, Konstantopoulos, Ntaidou, Kolliantzaki, Theodoridi, Ischaki, Makris, E. Zakynthinos, Sourlas, Aloizos.
Analysis and interpretation of data: Mentzelopoulos, Malachias, Papastylianou, Zintzaras, S. G. Zakynthinos.
Drafting of the manuscript: Mentzelopoulos.
Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: All authors.
Statistical analysis: Mentzelopoulos, Papastylianou, Zintzaras.
Obtained funding: Mentzelopoulos, S. G. Zakynthinos.
Administrative, technical, or material support: Mentzelopoulos, S. G. Zakynthinos.
Study supervision: Mentzelopoulos, E. Zakynthinos, Sourlas, S. G. Zakynthinos.
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: All authors have completed and submitted the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest and none were reported.
Funding/Support: This work has been funded in part by the Greek Society of Intensive Care Medicine and the Project “Synergasia” (ie, Cooperation) of the Greek Ministry of Education (09ΣYN-12-1075). All funding was used for purchasing necessary materials for the study (eg, study drugs, study drug boxes, syringes) and for partial coverage of expenses related to a scientific congress presentation.
Role of the Sponsor: The funding bodies had no role in the design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript; and decision to submit the manuscript for publication.
Study Personnel:Chairpersons: Spyros D. Mentzelopoulos (principal investigator); Spyros G. Zakynthinos (study director and chair). Statistician: Elias Zintzaras, MD, PhD. Pharmacists: John Portolos, PhD (Evaggelismos General Hospital), Irini Pneumatikaki (Larissa University Hospital), George Ganiatsos (401 Greek Army Hospital). Independent Main End Point and Safety Monitoring Committee: Panagiotis Politis, MD; Marinos Pitaridis, MD (Evaggelismos General Hospital); Zoi Daniil, MD, PhD (Larissa University Hospital); Stavros Gourgiotis, MD (401 Greek Army Hospital). Quality Assurance and Data Management: Panagiotis Politis, Marinos Pitaridis, Zoi Daniil, Stavros Gourgiotis, John Portolos, Irini Pneumatikaki, George Ganiatsos. Assistance With the CPR Protocols: Eleftherios Chouliaras, MD; Christos Nastoulis, MD; George Antiochos, MD (401 Greek Army Hospital); Paris Zygoulis, MD; Georgia Ganelli, MD; Katerina Koursothimiou, MD (Larissa University Hospital).
Previous Presentations: This work was presented in part at the 24th Annual Congress of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, Berlin, Germany, October 1-5, 2011. Dr Mentzelopoulos gave invited lectures on the “Potential Contribution of Corticosteroids to Positive Cardiac Arrest Outcomes” at the Weil Conference on Cardiac Arrest, Shock, and Trauma; Milan, Italy; September 8-9, 2012; and the 2012 Resuscitation Science Symposium; Los Angeles, California; November 3-4, 2012.
Correction: This article was corrected online September 26, 2013, for errors in the byline and reference citations.