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Hypotermibehandling efter hjärtstopp: Kognitiv och fysisk funktion samt självskattad hälsa efter 6 månader relaterat till tidsåtgång i vårdkedjan och primär hjärtrytm
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Health and Caring Sciences.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]


Aim of the study: Aim of the study was to investigate whether there were any connections in time between different parts of care in patients with cardiac arrest and hypothermia treatment and cognitive and physical function six months after cardiac arrest and to investigate neurological outcome related to primary registered cardiac arrest rhythm after six months and if there were any changes in cognitive and physical functions as well as self-related health between discharge from hospital and six months after cardiac arrest.

Method: The study included 39 patients admitted to three Swedish hospitals between 2008-2011. Cognitive and physical function was evaluated with Cerebral Performance Cathegory, CPC completed with Mini Mental State Examination, MMSE for cognitive function and Bartels Index, BI for physical function and Euroqol-VAS for evaluating the self-related health.

Result:  A significant connection was shown between time to start hypothermia treatment and BI, patients with longer time showed improved physical function after six months.

Majority of the participants (66,7 %) had Ventricular fibrillation/Ventricular tachycardia, VF /VT, as primary registered cardiac arrest rhythm and in this group CPC and BI was significant better compared with the asystole /Pulsless Electrical Aktivity, PEA group.

CPC, MMSE, BI and Euroqol-VAS were all improved over time.

Conclusion: Participants with VF /VT as primary registered cardias arrest rhythm had significant better cognitive and physical function 6 months after hypothermia-treated cardiac arrest compared with participants with asystole/PEA as primary registered rhythm. This shows the importance of access to defibrillators in public places in the society and in hospitals and optimal education of lay people and medical staff. Cognitive and physical function and self-rated health improves over time, which might be a very important reason to convey patients, relatives and medical staff to continue cognitive and physical rehabilitation.


Keywords: Cardiac arrest, hypothermia, cognitive and physical function, wellbeeing

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 30 p.
Keyword [en]
Cardiac arrest, hypothermia, cognitive and physical function, wellbeeing
Keyword [sv]
Hjärtstopp, hypotermi, kognitiv och fysisk funktion, hälsa
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Other Medical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-19107Archive number: FK-D Vk14-04OAI: diva2:795287
Subject / course
Caring science
2015-01-15, Högskolan i Gävle, Kungsbäcksvägen 47, 801 76 Gävle, 13:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2015-03-16 Created: 2015-03-15 Last updated: 2015-03-16Bibliographically approved

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