The Importance of Therapeutic Hypothermia in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) 2022
Therapeutic Hypothermia Process and TTM in PALS 2022
Therapeutic hypothermia is a medical procedure in which the body temperature of a patient is lowered by using external cooling methods.
Hypothermic targeted temperature management (TTM) is a treatment attempt that tries to slow down the metabolic rate of cells. The American Heart Association (AHA) defines TTM as the “continuous maintenance of patient temperature within a narrowly prescribed range while continuously monitoring temperature.” This helps treat reperfusion syndrome, as well as produce less free radicals and help to prevent cell death.
Providing TTM helps cardiac patients chances of recovery by aggressively preventing or treating fever and providing therapeutic hypothermia if needed.
Recent Updates about Hypothermic TTM in PALS 2022
The most recent recommendations for post-cardiac arrest TTM include:
- Continuously measure and monitor core temperatures during TTM.
- For infants and children up to 18 months who are still comatose after initiating the pediatric chain of survival (in-hospital or out-of-hospital), it is reasonable to use TTM of 32°C–34°C followed by TTM of 36°C–37.5°C.
These recommendations were reviewed in the “2019 American Heart Association Focused Update on Pediatric Advanced Life Support: An Update to the American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care.”
You can also read about TTM for adult cardiac patients by reading our article on TTM in ACLS.
Where Can I Go to Learn More About PALS for 2022?
The updates in the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) guidelines are reflective of the changes endorsed by the AHA as of 2019. The new changes are applicable to all healthcare providers who care for children. To prepare for these changes, it is imperative that all pediatric healthcare providers re-certify or certify in the PALS course.
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