Use of Therapeutic Hypothermia in Cocaine-Induced Cardiac Arrest: Further Evidence
Therapeutic hypothermia is an important and successful treatment that has been endorsed only in specific clinical settings of cardiac arrest. Inclusion criteria thus far have not embraced drug-induced cardiac arrest, but clinical evidence has been mounting that therapeutic hypothermia may be beneficial in such cases. A 59-year-old man who experienced a cocaine-induced cardiac arrest had a full neurological recovery after use of therapeutic hypothermia. The relevant pathophysiology of cocaine-induced cardiac arrest is reviewed, the mechanism and history of therapeutic hypothermia are discussed, and the clinical evidence recommending the use of therapeutic hypothermia in cocaine-induced cardiac arrest is reinforced.
American Journal of Critical Care
Scantling, Dane; Klonoski, Emily; and Valentino, Dominic J., "Use of Therapeutic Hypothermia in Cocaine-Induced Cardiac Arrest: Further Evidence" (2014). PCOM Scholarly Papers. 238.
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