Review: 4 clinical signs are precise and accurate for predicting poor outcome in postcardiac arrest coma

Ballew, Kenneth A.
September 2004
ACP Journal Club;Sep/Oct2004, Vol. 141 Issue 2, p49
Academic Journal
This article investigates whether clinical examination is precise and accurate for predicting poor outcome of patients with postcardiac arrest coma (PCAC). Researchers categorised, good cerebral performance, moderate cerebral disability, severe cerebral disability, coma or vegetative state, and brain death or death as various parameters for investigation. It is therefore important for physicians to have reliable predictors for identifying which patients in PCAC are unlikely to have meaningful survival when counseling family members and when making decisions on the use of scarce medical resources.


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