Therapeutic Hypothermia Still Effective in Prevention of Anoxic Encephalopathy following Extended Period of Pulselessness during Cardiac Arrest

There are approximately 300,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests per year with less than 10% of those surviving. More than half ofsurvivors suffer permanent neurologic deficits. Therapeutic hypothermia has proven effective at thwarting neurologic damage occurringin the 16-hour window following return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC). Despite recommendations by the American HeartAssociation (AHA), many cardiologists have been slow to implement therapeutic hypothermia. While many trials have discussed therelevance of initial rhythm and delay of cooling, there has been limited discussion of the efficacy of therapeutic hypothermia in the presence of extended pulselessness.

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