What does the post cardiac arrest syndrome comprise of?
Post- cardiac arrest brain injury
- Coma, seizures, myoclonus, varying degrees of neurocognitive dysfunction and brain death
Post- cardiac arrest myocardial dysfunction
- Common after cardiac arrest but typically starts to recover by 2-3 days
Systemic ischaemia/ reperfusion response
- Clinically manifests as ARDS, acute renal failure, refractory shock, and disseminated intravascular coagulopathy.
Persistent precipitating pathology
- This may require separate direct therapy dependent on aetiology