Number needed to treat = six: Therapeutic hypothermia following cardiac arrest - An effective and cheap approach to save lives

  • Böttiger B
  • Schneider A
  • Popp E
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ABSTRACT: In 2005, the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) guidelines stated: Unconscious adult patients with spontaneous circulation after out-of-hospital ventricular fibrillation cardiac arrest should be cooled to 32 to 34 degrees C for 12 to 24 hours. Patients with cardiac arrest from a non-shockable rhythm, in-hospital patients and children may also benefit from hypothermia. There is no argument to wait. We have to treat the next unconscious cardiac arrest patient with hypothermia.

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