Cooling practices and outcome following therapeutic hypothermia for cardiac arrest

Raj Nichani, Brendan McGrath, Tom Owen, Rachel Markham, Dominic Sebastian, Nick Greenwood, Paul Ferris, Gareth Hardy, Alison Quinn

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    Therapeutic hypothermia is used to reduce mortality and morbidity following cardiac arrest. It is increasingly being used
    to cover a variety of indications including primary out-of-hospital ventricular fibrillation (VF) and non-VF cardiac arrests,
    in-hospital cardiac arrests and cardiac arrests of secondary cause. We have studied indications, techniques, efficiency,
    outcomes and complications of post-cardiac arrest cooling processes used in routine clinical practice in intensive care
    units in the north west of England. Survival at hospital discharge post-VF arrest was 53% in this multicentre cohort and
    all survivors at discharge had good or fair neurological recovery. This study confirms that our cooling and rewarming
    practices are effective and similar to those described in current literature, and meet standards set by the International
    Liaison Committee for Resuscitation (ILCOR).
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)102-106
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of the Intensive Care Society
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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