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Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing:
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Therapeutic Hypothermia After Cardiac Arrest

Keresztes, Patricia A. PhD, RN, CCRN; Brick, Katie MSN, RN, CCNS

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Abstract

Recent evidence supports the use of therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest. This article reviews recent published studies and describes the pathophysiology of hypothermia. Nurses need to understand the physiology of hypothermia to provide care for patients receiving therapeutic hypothermia. A suggested protocol is included to help manage the care of these patients.

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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