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To cool or not to cool, that is the question.

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Since November 2013 the management of therapeutic hypothermia or what it is called now Target Temperature Management (TTM) has become a bit controversial. Previously, it was widely accepted to cool patients post cardiac arrest to  a temperature between 32-34 degrees for 24h to protect neurology and reduce the reperfusion injury. I was suggested that this temperature should be achieved as soon as it was practically possible with minimum side effects that could easily be managed under Intensive Care conditions. Obvious medical devices ...

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Cough CPR…truth or myth?

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Cough CPR

I have recently come across a forum where cough CPR was discussed. It was debated if coughing could be beneficial when suffering a heart attack!

I cannot imagine a conversation with the emergency operator about this being effective.

Patient: “cough, cough, hello… I need and ambulance, cough… coughs”

Operator:  “could you please tell what are the symptoms?”

Patient: “cough, cough…chest pain…cough, cough”

Operator: “I can see you are having some ...

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