UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: Cardiology

Title: cardiac arrest, hypothermia, and midazolam

Keywords: therapeutic hypothermia, cardiac arrest, hypothermia, midazolam (PubMed Search)

Posted: 5/29/2011 by Amal Mattu, MD
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Therapeutic hypothermia in post-cardiac arrest patients with return of spontaneous circulation + coma (GCS < 8) is now well-accepted, and the current recommendations are for continued sedation of these patients. Consider avoiding the use of midazolam for sedation in these patients. Midazolam is metabolized more slowly in hypothermic patients, resulting in accumulation and the potential for longer ventilation and ICU time.


Holzer M. Targeted temperature management for comatose survivors of cardiac arrest. N Engl J Med 2010;363:1256-1264.