According to the American Heart Association (2018), every year 356,000 people suffer from cardiac arrest. In the vast majority of these cases, the patient is unable to be resuscitated. However, for the individuals for whom Return of Spontaneous Circulation (ROSC) is achieved, the AHA recommends targeted temperature management or therapeutic hypothermia. TH is the process of cooling a comatose person in hopes of preserving neurological function. However, despite this intervention, many still perish or do not retain their prior level of function. In post cardiac arrest patients, what is the effect of therapeutic hypothermia compared to maintaining normothermia on patient neurological outcomes and mortality over 90 days post arrest?
Date of publication
MSN Capstone Project
Zuniga, Katherine, "Therapeutic Hypothermia, False Hope in Cooling" (2020). MSN Capstone Projects. Paper 45.