Mild induced hypothermia after return of spontaneous circulation
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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.e1415

Correspondence

holz123@live.co.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 26 January 2015

Accepted: 15 April 2015