The latest issue of American Nurse Today
features the CE module, Keeping Cardiac Arrest Patients Alive with Therapeutic Hypothermia
. Survival rates for sudden cardiac arrest are dismal. In 2004, survival rates to hospital discharge were 8.4% for all cardiac arrests and 17.7% for ventricular-arrhythmia cardiac arrests. In December 2005, to improve survival rates, the American Heart Association (AHA) published resuscitation recommendations for using mild hypothermia. These recommendations apply when an unconscious adult has spontaneous circulation after an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and the initial rhythm is ventricular fibrillation (VF) or ventricular tachycardia (VT). Cooling may also be beneficial for other arrhythmias and in-hospital cardiac arrests.
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