Therapeutic hypothermia is underused in cardiac arrest cases

06/30/2013 | HealthDay News

Only 2% of more than 67,000 cardiac arrest patients treated at U.S. hospitals received therapeutic hypothermia, which can prevent brain damage and boost survival, a study published in the journal Critical Care Medicine found. Most hospitals have the capability to treat cardiac arrest patients with therapeutic hypothermia, but it is underutilized, and the correct target temperature is not reached nearly half the time the procedure is used, study author Dr. Mark Mikkelsen said.

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