Caring for Patients Treated With Therapeutic Hypothermia.
Numerous studies have indicated that therapeutic hypothermia can improve neurological outcomes after cardiac arrest. This treatment has redefined care after resuscitation and offers an aggressive intervention that may mitigate postresuscitation syndrome. Caregivers at Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, Pennsylvania, an academic, community Magnet hospital, treated more than 200 patients with therapeutic hypothermia during an 8-year period. An interprofessional team within the hospital developed, implemented, and refined a clinical practice guideline for therapeutic hypothermia. In their experience, beyond a protocol, 5 critical elements of success (interprofessional stakeholders, coordination of care delivery, education, interprofessional case analysis, and participation in a global database) enhanced translation into clinical practice.
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Mathiesen, C., McPherson, D., Ordway, C., & Smith, M. (2015). Caring for Patients Treated With Therapeutic Hypothermia. Critical Care Nurse, 35(5), e1-e12. doi:10.4037/ccn2015168
Patient Care Services / Nursing