Good outcome in octogenarians after ventricular fibrillation out-of-hospital cardiac arrest
© Busch and Søreide; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2009
Published: 13 March 2009
We retrospectively studied 115 OHCA survivors that were treated with MIH in our ICU from 2002 to 2008 with regard to cerebral performance category (CPC) at hospital discharge. Inclusion criteria were the same as in the Hypothermia after Cardiac Arrest Study Group except for the age limits. Bad outcome was defined as severe disability (CPC3), vegetative state (CPC4) and death (CPC5).
Although age seems to influence outcome, we found a surprisingly high incidence of good outcome even in the oldest comatose survivors after ventricular fibrillation OHCA treated with MIH. Hence, our data do not support a limitation of neurointensive care based on age alone.
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