UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: Cardiology

Title: post-cardiac arrest care

Keywords: cardiac arrest, hypoglycemia, hypotension, hypothermia (PubMed Search)

Posted: 12/21/2008 by Amal Mattu, MD (Updated: 8/15/2022)
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An increasing amount of attention in the literature is now being paid to ways of optimizing care of patients that are post-cardiac arrest. Simple things to focus on for us in the ED are the following:
1. induction of therapeutic hypothermia
2. aggressively manage hypotension and cardiac ischemia
3. treat hyperglycemia aggressively
4. avoid hyperventilation, though maintain adequate oxygenation