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Therapeutic hypothermia has no benefit for in-hospital cardiac arrest, study finds

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 06 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5409
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

Therapeutic hypothermia for cardiac arrests that occur in hospital was not associated with improved survival or neurological outcome compared with usual care, a retrospective US study, published in JAMA, has found.1

Therapeutic hypothermia, or targeted temperature management, is currently recommended in the US for comatose patients after out-of-hospital and in-hospital cardiac arrests. The procedure involves maintaining patients’ core temperature between 32°C and 36°C for at least 24 hours after …

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