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what happens or is done after cardiac arrest, at the hospital?

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Dr. Peter Hahn
23 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Hypothermia: It depends on several factors including witnessed/unwitnessed, time to presentation, observed initial rhythm, neurologic status (coma or no, or bleed), and of course cause of arrest (e.g., cardiac, respiratory). That being said...Hypothermia protocols are a very important part of treating cardiac arrest patients and have been shown to improve survival and neurologic outcome.
Answered on Jul 5, 2013
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