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Better understanding of neurologic defects improves post-cardiac-arrest discharge
Date:11/14/2011

ement of these patients impact their neurologic outcomes," she said.

The researchers conducted a secondary data analysis from the Minneapolis Heart Institute data entered into the International Cardiac Arrest Registry (INTCAR) database in 172 adult patients who had experienced an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest undergoing therapeutic hypothermia.

The found that only two variables associated with good versus poor outcome among patients at time of ICU discharge:

  • For every five minute delay in initiating hypothermia treatment, there was a 3 percent greater odds of the patient having a poor outcome compared to a good outcome.
  • For every five minutes delay in the patient having ROSC, there is a 33 percent greater odds of the patient having a poor versus a good outcome in crude models.

"These data would support that you need to start therapeutic hypothermia as soon as possible, in addition to attempting to reach goal temperature as soon as possible in order to preserve neurologic outcomes," Sendelbach concluded.


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Contact: Kristin Wincek
kwincek@mhif.org
612-863-0249
Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
Source:Eurekalert

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