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Faster Cooling may Not Influence Outcomes in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Patients

by Kathy Jones on November 18, 2013 at 9:16 PM
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 Faster Cooling may Not Influence Outcomes in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Patients

Two studies conducted by Swedish and American researchers have found no evidence that faster cooling of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients has any significant impact on their outcomes.

The first study was conducted by researchers at Sweden's Helsingborg Hospital while the second was led by Francis Kim of Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

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The studies have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine and Journal of the American Medical Association, respectively.

Swedish researchers led by Niklas Nielsen found that maintaining hypothermia at 33°C did not reduce mortality or its composite with poor neurologic outcome while the American study found that prehospital cooling did not affect the survival to hospital discharge though it did manage to cool the core temperatures down to 34°C faster.


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