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Prolonged, short targeted temperature management yield similar outcomes after cardiac arrest

July 25, 2017

Favorable neurologic outcomes at 6 months did not significantly differ in adults with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest treated with targeted temperature management for 48 hours vs. 24 hours, according to a study published in JAMA.

“Short- and long-term outcomes in unconscious patients admitted to the ICU after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest are characterized by prognostic uncertainty and a high risk of death and neurologic deficit,” Hans Kirkegaard, MD, PhD, from Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark, and colleagues wrote. “To improve the chance of survival and neurologic recovery, international guidelines recommend use of targeted temperature management, together with urgent coronary angiography and percutaneous coronary intervention when appropriate, and delayed multimodal prognostication before withdrawal of care.”

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