Volume 19 Supplement 1

35th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine

Open Access

One-size-fits-all or patient-tailored hemodynamic targets in post-cardiac arrest patients: an observational near-infrared spectroscopy study on cerebral autoregulation

  • C Genbrugge1,
  • K Ameloot1,
  • I Meex1,
  • W Boer1,
  • F Jans1,
  • W Mullens1,
  • M Dupont1,
  • B Ferdinande1,
  • J Dens1 and
  • C Dedeyne1
Critical Care201519(Suppl 1):P432


Published: 16 March 2015


A subgroup of post-CA patients with disturbed cerebral autoregulation might benefit from higher mean arterial pressures (MAPs). We aimed to (1) investigate whether patients with disturbed autoregulation have a worse prognosis, (2) phenotype these patients, (3) define an individual optimal MAP and (4) investigate whether time under this individual optimal MAP is associated with outcome.


A prospective observational study in 51 post-CA patients monitored with near-infrared spectroscopy.


(1) In multivariate analysis, patients with preserved autoregulation (33.65%) had a significant higher 180-day survival rate (OR = 4.62, 95% CI (1.06; 20.06), P = 0.04). (2) Phenotypically, a higher proportion of patients with disturbed autoregulation had pre-CA hypertension (31 ± 47 vs. 65 ± 49%, P = 0.02) suggesting that right shifting of autoregulation is caused by chronic adaptation of cerebral blood flow to higher blood pressures. Based on an index of autoregulation (COX), the average COX-predicted optimal MAP was 85 mmHg in patients with preserved and 100 mmHg in patients with disturbed autoregulation. (3) An individual optimal MAP could be determined in 33/51 patients. (4) The time under the individual optimal MAP was negatively associated with survival (OR = 0.97, 95% CI (0.96; 0.99), P = 0.02). The time under previously proposed fixed targets (65, 70, 75, 80 mmHg) was not associated with a differential survival rate.


Cerebral autoregulation was shown to be disturbed in 35% of post-CA patients of which a majority had pre-CA hypertension. Disturbed cerebral autoregulation within the first 24 hours after CA is associated with a worse outcome. In contrast to uniform MAP goals, the time spent under a patient-tailored optimal MAP, based on an index of autoregulation, was negatively associated with survival.

Authors’ Affiliations

ZOL Genk


© Genbrugge et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2015

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