Kalee Bilinovic
Analysis of Cardiac Arrest Patients: Pre-Therapeutic Hypothermia

SchoolTrinity High School


ProgramNursing


MentorMaryanne Hawkins, RN


DepartmentIntensive Care Unit at marymount Hospital


Research
Analysis of Cardiac Arrest Patients: Pre-Therapeutic Hypothermia
Hypothesis
A high rate of post cardiac arrest patients will suffer from global brain ischemia, other neurological damage, or even death.
Methodology
Data were collected from 59 cardiac arrest patients at Marymount Hospital from January 1, 2010, to June 30, 2010. If a patient expired during the arrest, the data were dismissed from the study. Information such as temperature, temperature instrument, blood pressure, respirations, pulse, oxygen, level of consciousness, skin integrity, and body surface area was observed.
Outcomes
30% of the patients suffered from unusually low levels of consciousness, which is a cause of brain damage. 77% had been administered high levels of oxygen to try to prevent neurological damage. Patients’ temperature will be lowered 4.36°C, on average, to induce hypothermia. 17 patients died during their arrest and another 22 died sometime after their arrest.