Temperature management for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

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More than 300,000 Americans suffer a cardiac arrest outside of the hospital each year and even among those who are successfully resuscitated and survive to hospital admission, outcomes remain poor. Temperature management (previously known as therapeutic hypothermia) is the only intervention that has been reproducibly demonstrated to ameliorate the neurologic injury that follows cardiac arrest. The results of a recent large randomized controlled trial have highlighted the uncertainty about temperature management strategies following cardiac arrest. This article reviews the issues and recommendations.

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