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Post cardiac arrest hypothermia complications

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By Jason Mann No BS pulmonary critical care fellow
Adam M Noyes, Justin B Lundbye
Mild therapeutic hypothermia (MTH) is used to lower the core body temperature of cardiac arrest (CA) patients to 32°C from 34°C to provide improved survival and neurologic outcomes after resuscitation from in-hospital or out-of-hospital CA. Despite the improved benefits of MTH, there are potentially unforeseen complications associated during management. Although the adverse effects are transient, the clinician should be aware of the associated complications when managing the patient receiving MTH. We aim to provide the medical community comprehensive information related to the potential complications of survivors of CA receiving MTH, as it is imperative for the clinician to understand the physiologic changes that take place in the patient receiving MTH and how to prepare for them and manage them if they do occur...
July 2015: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
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