Cardiac arrest is often associated with the death of brain tissue resulting from the lack of oxygen supply caused by the interruption of blood circulation. For this reason, good neurological outcome following cardiac arrest is difficult to achieve. Targeted temperature management, formerly known as therapeutic hypothermia, is the maintenance of specific body temperature parameters after the return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) following cardiac arrest (Donnino et al., 2015). The goal of therapy is to improve neurological status and facilitate healing by reducing the metabolic requirement of the brain. (Saigal et al., 2015). Therefore, the question arose, in adult patients who remain comatose following a non-traumatic cardiac arrest (P), how does implementation of targeted temperature management (I) compared to normal core temperature (C) affect neurologically intact discharge rates (O) during a three-month period (T)? A benchmark project was completed to address this topic.

Date of publication

Spring 4-16-2023

Document Type

MSN Capstone Project



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Masters of Science in Nursing- Family Nurse Practitioner