What are the AHA guidelines for post-cardiac arrest care?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Catharine A Bon, MD; Chief Editor: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD  more...
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According to the AHA guidelines, although the best hospital care for patients with ROSC after cardiac arrest is not completely known, a comprehensive, structured, multidisciplinary system of care should be implemented in a consistent manner for the treatment of post-cardiac arrest patients (class I). Components of structured interventions include the following [43] :

  • Therapeutic hypothermia

  • Optimization of hemodynamics and gas exchange

  • Immediate coronary reperfusion, when indicated for restoration of coronary blood flow, with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)

  • Glycemic control

  • Neurological diagnosis, management, and prognostication


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