Mild induced hypothermia after return of spontaneous circulation
Hollie Hall Final-year student nurse, Bournemouth University, Dorset
Hollie Hall offers a literature review on how cooling patients who have experienced cardiac arrest can enhance neurological function and improve survival rates to discharge
There is evidence to suggest that the use of mild induced hypothermia (MIH) in patients who have had cardiac arrest can improve neurological prognosis and long-term survival to discharge rates, although there is some debate in the literature on the efficacy of the procedure. This article reviews the literature on MIH with the aim of increasing emergency nurses’ awareness, knowledge and understanding of the evidence for the procedure.
Emergency Nurse. 23, 2,27-31. doi: 10.7748/en.23.2.27.e1415Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer reviewConflict of interest
Received: 26 January 2015
Accepted: 15 April 2015