Category: Critical Care
Posted: 6/4/2013 by Haney Mallemat, MD
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Therapeutic hypothermia (TH) following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) has increasingly been utilized since it was first described. TH following in-hospital cardiac arrest (IHCA), on the other hand, is not as commonplace or consistent despite a recommendation by the American Heart Association (AHA).
A recent prospective multi-center cohort-study demonstrated that of 67,498 patients with return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) following IHCA only 2.0% of patients had TH initiated; of those 44.3% did not even achieve the target temperature (32-34 Celsius).
The factors found to be most associated with instituting TH were:
Bottom-line: Hospitals should consider instituting and adhering to local TH protocols for in-house cardiac arrests.
Mikkelsen, M. et al. Use of Therapeutic Hypothermia After In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. Crit Care Med 2013 Jun;41(6):1385-1395
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