William M. Hallinan; University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

Purpose: The coordinated care of the postresuscitation patient is a complex, time sensitive process that requires a specific skill set sensitive to the critical illness of the patient and the devastation brought onto the family. The purpose in developing a cardiac resuscitation unit (CRU) was to organize a functional unit of team members capable of routinely addressing the needs and process required for this patient population. Description: The in-hospital postresuscitation care of patients has become a complex process of patient triage, stabilization, coronary revascularization, hypothermia induction, mechanical circulatory support, neuro-protection, and inflammatory mitigation. Several years ago a team of nurses, cardiologists, and neurologists were assembled to create a process for the initiation of induced hypothermia. Over time this unique population grew, and with it came experience and increased knowledge of how complex the...

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