Post Cardiac Arrest Treatment

The new hypothermia protocol set forth by the American Heart Association has proven to be a win win situation for the patient as well as the family. For many years, people who were successfully resuscitated from cardiac arrest would suffer from neurological deficits. Allied Healthcare providers and physicians now cool down  the patients core temperature down to 32 or 34 degrees Celsius. After 24 to 72 hours, the patient is evaluated by a neurologist to see if they are able to follow commands. The patient is rewarmed to close to or near their normal temperature for this test to be conducted. If the patient is unable to follow commands, the team of physicians may elect to induce hypothermia for an additional 24 to 48 hours. It is preference and clinical experience that will guide this level of treatment. For more information, please visit the American Heart Association.


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