Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Center for Resuscitation Science

Post-Cardiac Arrest Care/Therapeutic Hypothermia Resources

This site is intended for use by physicians, nurses and other health care providers who are interested in the care of patients after they are resuscitated from cardiac arrest. While Advanced Cardiopulmonary Life Support (ACLS) guidelines provide consensus information on the recognition and treatment of cardiac arrest in the form of links in the "chain of survival," the care of patients after resuscitation remains a missing "link". It is hoped that these pages will contribute towards filling this gap.

At the present time, the most important treatment for a patient surviving a cardiac arrest may be the induction of TH. A number of animal and clinical studies have supported the use of this treatment, and international guidelines have been published regarding the use of this exciting modality.

The majority of content on these resource pages focus on TH and practical issues of how hospitals can develop protocols for use.

Questions or comments can be directed to:

Benjamin Abella, MD, MPhil

Marion Leary MSN, RN

Gail Delfin MSN, RN