If the patient undergoes a long-term resuscitation or remains comatose as part of the post-cardiac arrest syndrome (PCAS), organ-specific intensive care is urged to aim hemodynamic stabilisation, normalisation of organ perfusion and prevention of injuries at cellular level. One of the basic measures of PCAS intensive care is to prevent hypoxic brain injury by mild therapeutic hypothermia (THT). The physiological changes of the human body at hypothermic conditions require high level monitoring and specially focused intensive care limiting its implementation. The multicentric, controlled, randomized targeted temperature management (TTM) trial published in 2013 compared the TTM against the THT in the treatment of PCAS patients. The equal outcome of the 2 methods has partly changed the practice of the intensivists in the treatment of such patients. This manuscript gives the pros and cons for each therapeutic method in post-resuscitation therapy. Nevertheless, the author shows the possible implementations and the DRG (diagnosis-related group) reimbursement of the method in Hungary.
|Translated title of the contribution||Long term survival of successfully resuscitated patients is primarily determined by their post-cardiac arrest neurological function|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 2019|
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