Persistent peripheral and microcirculatory perfusion alterations after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest are associated with poor survival

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Objective: To evaluate sublingual microcirculatory and peripheral tissue perfusion parameters in relation to systemic hemodynamics during and after therapeutic hypothermia following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Design: Prospective observational study. Setting: Intensive cardiac care unit at a university teaching hospital. Subjects: We followed 80 patients, of whom 25 were included after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Intervention: In all patients, we induced therapeutic hypothermia to 33 degrees C during the first 24 hrs of admission. Measurements and Main Results: Complete hemodynamic measurements were obtained directly on intensive cardiac care unit admission (baseline), during induced hypothermia (T1), directly after rewarming (T2), and another 24 hrs later (T3). In addition, the sublingual microcirculation was observed using sidestream dark-field imaging, and peripheral tissue perfusion was monitored with the peripheral perfusion index, capillary refill time, tissue oxygen saturation, and forearm-to-fingertip skin tempera Conclusions: Following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, the early postresuscitation phase is characterized by abnormalities in sublingual microcirculation and peripheral tissue perfusion, which are caused by vasoconstriction due to induced systemic hypothermia and not by impaired systemic blood flow. Persistence of these alterations is associated with organ failure and death, independent of systemic hemodynamics. (Crit Care Med 2012; 40: 2287-2294)
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Pages (from-to)2287-2294
Number of pages8
JournalCritical Care Medicine
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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