In the United States, more than 350 000 cardiac arrests occur annually. The survival rate after an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest remains low. The majority of patients who have return of spontaneous circulation will die of complications of hypoxic-ischemic brain injury. Targeted temperature management is the only recommended neuroprotective measure for those who do not regain consciousness after return of spontaneous circulation. Despite current practices, a review of the literature revealed that evidence on the ideal time to achieve target temperature after return of spontaneous circulation remains equivocal. A program evaluation of a targeted temperature management program at an academic center was performed; the focus was on timing components of targeted temperature management. The program evaluation revealed that nurse-driven, evidence-based protocols can lead to optimal patient outcomes in this low-frequency, high-impact therapy.
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Feature| March 15 2022
Targeted Temperature Management: A Program Evaluation
Hannah L. Kaylor, DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC;
Clareen Wiencek, PhD, RN, ACNP;
AACN Adv Crit Care (2022) 33 (1): 38–52.
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Hannah L. Kaylor, Clareen Wiencek, Elizabeth Hundt; Targeted Temperature Management: A Program Evaluation. AACN Adv Crit Care 15 March 2022; 33 (1): 38–52. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/aacnacc2022398
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