Annals of “Things we thought were beneficial but might not be”

Therapeutic Hypothermia

Photo credit: Peel Paramedic Association

We can add therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest to the list. A recent study randomized post-arrest subjects to target temperatures of 36 °C versus 33 °C and found no difference in neurologic outcome. As discussed in the article and in this pithy editorial, it may be that preventing fever is more important than maintaining hypothermia.

About Justin A. Sattin

I'm a vascular neurologist and residency program director. I created this blog in order to share some thoughts with my resident and other colleagues, and to foster my own learning as well.
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