Title

Use of Therapeutic Hypothermia in Cocaine-Induced Cardiac Arrest: Further Evidence

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2014

Abstract

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.

Publication Title

American Journal of Critical Care

Volume

23

Issue

1

First Page

89

Last Page

92

PubMed ID

24382622

Comments

This article was published in American Journal of Critical Care, Volume 23, Number 1, January 2014, Pages 89-92.

The published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.4037/ajcc2014299

Copyright © 2014 by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

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