Practical tips for TTM

Bernd W. Böttiger

Can you share with us some practical tips for targeted temperature management?

Bernd W. Böttiger, MD: You always should cool a patient who is unconscious after in- or out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. You always should cool her or him to a stable temperature between 33 and 36 degrees Celsius for at least 24 hours. This also applies to children and to newborn.

You may use any technique of cooling. There is no benefit for a specific technique as compared to any other technique. You can use intravascular catheters for cooling. You can use blankets for cooling. But the most important thing is you need to do temperature management, because this is associated with a better neurological outcome and with a better survival of these in- and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients.

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