Critical Care Management of Patients After Cardiac Arrest

Published: November 28, 2023

nurse using defibrillator
  • Cardiac arrest (CA) affects over 600 000 people in the United States annually, with a worldwide annual incidence of 30 to 97 individuals per 100 000 population. Intensive care management of CA survivors is critically important as it impacts survival and neurological outcomes.
  • The critical care management of patients after cardiac arrest is limited by the lack of high-quality clinical studies and a resultant lack of high-certainty evidence, leading to potential uncertainty and variability in clinical management. Existing Guidelines are thus limited in addressing these topics.
  • The American Heart Association Emergency and Cardiovascular Care Committee and the Neurocritical Care Society collaborated to address this gap by convening an expert consensus panel and conference focusing on the comprehensive intensive care unit (ICU) management of patients after cardiac arrest.