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Mild therapeutic hypothermia in the temperature range of 32º - 34ºC. improves survival in patients recovered from a ventricular fibrillation cardiac arrest. The same therapy is suggested with less evidence for asystole as first rhythm after cardiac arrest. The purpose of this study is to determine whether different temperature targets (32º vs 34º) may have different efficacy in the treatment of post-cardiac arrest patients. If successful, this pilot study will eventually form the basis for a larger, multicentric randomized clinical trial.
Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Subject), Primary Purpose: Treatment
Hypothermia to 32 degrees, Hypothermia to 34 degrees
Intensive Cardiac Care Unit. Hospital Universitario la Paz
Hospital Universitario La Paz
Published on BioPortfolio: 2010-07-15T17:00:00-0400
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