BMJ Case Reports 2011; doi:10.1136/bcr.06.2011.4335
  • Reminder of important clinical lesson

Therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest in a 66-year-old man

  1. Andrew Padkin2
  1. 1Cardiology Department, Great Western Hospital, Swindon, UK
  2. 2Anaesthetic Department, Royal United Hospital, Bath, Avon, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Daniel Ian Bromage, danbromage{at}


Hypoxic-ischaemic brain injury is an important cause of morbidity and mortality following both in- and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Despite significant advances in critical care the only intervention proven to increase survival rates after cardiac arrest is mild hypothermia. The authors present a case describing the use of therapeutic hypothermia after ventricular fibrillation cardiac arrest, including its indications and contra-indications, and the techniques that can be used to induce it.


  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

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