Raising Lazarus: Comprehensive Post Cardiac Arrest Care (PCA) in the Comatose Patient

Author(s): Mary Kay Bader

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Aug 15, 2026

Topics: Cardiovascular, Collaboration

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Foundational and advanced complex interventions related to post arrest care must be prioritized in the immediate recovery period. Effective January 1, 2022, The Joint Commission performance standards and metrics must be integrated into hospital-based protocols to provide comprehensive interdisciplinary care in comatose survivors of cardiac arrest. This session focuses on interventions targeting the brain and heart in an effort to reduce the impact of cardiac arrest and ameliorate post cardiac arrest syndrome (PCAS).


  • Describe the four distinct pathologies that encompass PCAS.
  • Relate the 2022 Joint Commission Performance Standards on Post Cardiac Arrest (PCA) to the team priorities in managing the comatose post arrest patient.
  • Prioritize the timed interventions supporting the brain/heart during the initial 72 hours PCA including targeted temperature management (TTM) and hemodynamic optimization.

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Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


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