Lactate Level and Clearance as Predictors of Neurologic Outcome After Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Author(s): Hannah Brux, MD, Juergen vom Dahl, MD, and Hendrik Haake, MD

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Mar 01, 2026

Topics: Cardiovascular, Neurology

Role: APRN, Staff

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NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

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Cardiovascular arrest with subsequent cardiopulmonary resuscitation is common in emergency medicine and is often associated with an unfavorable neurologic outcome. Lactate level corresponds to the severity of tissue hypoxia and damage and thus could be useful in predicting neurologic outcome. These results suggest that lactate and its clearance have an impact on neurologic outcome and can be used as prognostic biomarkers and in treatment decision-making in patients with cardiac arrest and successful resuscitation.


  • Describe factors influencing the neurological outcome after cardiac arrest.
  • Focus on lactate and lactate clearance as valuable prognostic biomarkers.
  • Analyze cutoff values of lactate and lactate clearance for treatment decision-making.

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