The purpose of this integrated review of the literature was to determine the relationship between therapeutic hypothermia and cardiac arrhythmias. The reviewed literatures were English based articles from year 2003-2013. Relevant information from the American Heart Association and the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation was used to further enhance research results. The results of this literature review showed hypothermia treatment propensity to prolong QT interval without precipitating life-threatening arrhythmias. Although arrhythmias can be potentially increased under induced hypothermia, it has been shown that treatment is easier while under hypothermic conditions. The reviewed research also shows that hypothermia treatment should be expanded to include more circumstance besides ventricular cardiac arrest. It was suggested that the reason for lack of use of hypothermia treatment under the suggested conditions was due to the restricted circumstances in which it is suggested to be used. Other recommendations include increased monitoring for cardiac rhythms during cardiac arrhythmias and protocols for arrhythmia treatment.
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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
College of Nursing
Dissertations, Academic -- Nursing; Nursing -- Dissertations, Academic
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Barlow, Shatoyia, "Induced Hypothermia and Its Effects on Cardiac Arrhythmias" (2014). HIM 1990-2015. 1632.