Caring for Patients Treated With Therapeutic Hypothermia

Author(s): Claranne Mathiesen, RN, MSN, CNRN, Denise McPherson, RN, MSN, CRNP, CCRN, Carolyn Ordway, RN, MSN, CCRN, CRNP, Maureen Smith, RN, MSN, CNRN

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Oct 01, 2019

Topics: Cardiovascular, Neurology

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

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 post resuscitation 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.


  • Review the literature supporting therapeutic hypothermia to better understand development of guidelines
  • Review elements of hypothermia program implementation
  • Evaluate best practices of hypothermia programs

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