Inter-hospital transfer after return of spontaneous circulation shows no correlation with neurological outcomes in cardiac arrest patients undergoing targeted temperature management in cardiac arrest centers

Korean Hypothermia Network investigators

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Abstract

This study evaluated whether inter-hospital transfer (IHT) after the return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) was associated with poor neurological outcomes after 6 months in post-cardiac-arrest patients treated with targeted temperature management (TTM). We used data from the Korean Hypothermia Network prospective registry from November 2015 to December 2018. These out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) patients had either received post-cardiac arrest syndrome (PCAS) care at the same hospital or had been transferred from another hospital after ROSC. The primary endpoint was the neurological outcome 6 months after cardiac arrest. Subgroup analyses were performed to determine differences in the time from ROSC to TTM induction according to the electrocardiography results after ROSC. We enrolled 1326 patients. There were no significant differences in neurological outcomes between the direct visit and IHT groups. In patients without ST elevation, the mean time to TTM was significantly shorter in the direct visit group than in the IHT group. IHT after achieving ROSC was not associated with neurologic outcomes after 6 months in post-OHCA patients treated with TTM, even though TTM induction was delayed in transferred patients.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1979
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical Medicine
Volume9
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Cardiac arrest
  • Inter-hospital transfer
  • Neurological outcome
  • Post-cardiac arrest syndrome
  • Prognostic factor
  • Targeted temperature management

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