“This was a respiratory arrest, not a cardiac arrest,” Steinberg said.
American Journal of respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 175 (2), 120-125.
The hope was that death would occur quickly in an unconscious senseless person both by cardiac and respiratory arrest.
respiratory res·pi·ra·to·ry (rěs'pər-ə-tôr'ē, rĭ-spīr'ə-)
Of, relating to, used in, or affecting respiration.