Patients who suffer from an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest are amongst the most critically ill patients encountered in the American healthcare system. PAs at all levels of the medical system are involved with these patients, from caring for them initially in the emergency department, to treating them for a prolonged period in the intensive care units, to closely following their multiple medical issues in the outpatient setting. Unfortunately, the rate of survival with a favorable outcome is exceedingly low, and despite strides in most aspects of healthcare over the years, there has not been growth in this area. Targeted temperature management is an oft-debated tool to try to increase the rate of neurologic recovery in these patients, and PAs working in emergency departments and inpatient settings should be familiar with the science behind its use.
Montgomery J. Targeted Temperature Management After Cardiac Arrest: A Review. Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science. 2022; 4(3).
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