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Therapeutic hypothermia post out-of-hospital cardiac arrest - more questions than answers?

Richard Lyon

Author Affiliations

Emergency Department, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Little France Crescent, Edinburgh EH16 4SA, UK

Critical Care 2011, 15:151  doi:10.1186/cc10123

See related research by Haugk et al., and related commentary by Howes and Messenger,

Published: 15 April 2011


Nearly a decade since the introduction of therapeutic hypothermia to the ICU for cooling out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients, key questions remain unanswered: when should cooling be initiated, how rapidly should the patient be cooled and using which device? The Time to Target Temperature study group provides important baseline data on the striking direct relationship between body temperature and survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.