Clinical Practice Guideline: Post Cardiac Arrest Care

Brief Description:  These guidelines apply to both patients who have had an In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest and those who are admitted to the hospital after Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA).
When Targeted Temperature Management (TTM) is implemented, an accurate neurologic prognosis should be deferred until 72 hours after reaching normothermia (temperature > 36o C or 96.8o F).
Determination of neurologic prognosis in patients who remain in coma after cardiac arrest should be based on multiple factors including neurologic examination (ideally off sedation), imaging and other diagnostic studies.
 No single study can accurately predict neurologic outcome.