AHA recommends Normothermia for the majority of OHCA comatose patients

28 Aug 2023 • A new American Heart Association (AHA) scientific advisory suggests that for comatose adult survivors of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), controlling body temperature to below 37.5°C is a reasonable and evidence-based approach. This recommendation is based on recent trials and the evolving treatment recommendations from organizations like the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. The AHA is set to publish guidelines on this topic in a focused update later in the year. A writing group convened by AHA's Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee reviewed the Hypothermia Versus Normothermia After Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (TTM2) trial alongside other recent evidence. The group provided an expert opinion on how the trial could influence clinical practice, and these findings will be incorporated into the forthcoming guidelines. The new guidance contrasts with current AHA guidelines, which suggest targeting a temperature between 32°C and 36°C for 24 hours in similar cases of cardiac arrest. Source: AHA | Read full story

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