In this retrospective cohort of out of hospital cardiac arrest victims, survival and neurological outcomes were evaluated before and after the initiation of an induced hypothermia protocol. Both outcome measures were better in the post-protocol period compared to the pre-protocol period, but only in the ventricular fibrillation subgroup (not for PEA or asystole). Induced hypothermia may improve survival and neurological outcomes in patients with Vfib arrest (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.