Intensive Care Medicine

, Volume 41, Issue 12, pp 2039–2056 | Cite as

European Resuscitation Council and European Society of Intensive Care Medicine 2015 guidelines for post-resuscitation care

  • Jerry P. NolanEmail author
  • Jasmeet Soar
  • Alain Cariou
  • Tobias Cronberg
  • Véronique R. M. Moulaert
  • Charles D. Deakin
  • Bernd W. Bottiger
  • Hans Friberg
  • Kjetil Sunde
  • Claudio Sandroni
Conference Reports and Expert Panel


The European Resuscitation Council and the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine have collaborated to produce these post-resuscitation care guidelines, which are based on the 2015 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Science with Treatment Recommendations. Recent changes in post-resuscitation care include: (a) greater emphasis on the need for urgent coronary catheterisation and percutaneous coronary intervention following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest of likely cardiac cause; (b) targeted temperature management remains important but there is now an option to target a temperature of 36 °C instead of the previously recommended 32–34 °C; (c) prognostication is now undertaken using a multimodal strategy and there is emphasis on allowing sufficient time for neurological recovery and to enable sedatives to be cleared; (d) increased emphasis on rehabilitation after survival from a cardiac arrest.


Apparent Diffusion Coefficient Cardiac Arrest Target Temperature Management Good Neurological Outcome European Resuscitation Council 
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Conflicts of interest

Jerry P. Nolan, Editor-in-Chief Resuscitation.

Jasmeet Soar, Editor Resuscitation.

Alain Cariou, speakers honorarium BARD-France.

Tobias Cronberg, no conflict of interest reported.

Veronique R.M. Moulaert, no conflict of interest reported.

Charles D. Deakin, Director Prometheus Medical Ltd.

Bernd W. Böttiger, no conflict of interest reported.

Hans Friberg, speakers honorarium Bard Medical-Natus Inc.

Kjetil Sunde, no conflict of interest reported.

Claudio Sandroni, no conflict of interest reported.

Supplementary material

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© European Resuscitation Council. Published by Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. All rights reserved. 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerry P. Nolan
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Jasmeet Soar
    • 3
  • Alain Cariou
    • 4
  • Tobias Cronberg
    • 5
  • Véronique R. M. Moulaert
    • 6
  • Charles D. Deakin
    • 7
  • Bernd W. Bottiger
    • 8
  • Hans Friberg
    • 9
  • Kjetil Sunde
    • 10
  • Claudio Sandroni
    • 11
  1. 1.Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care MedicineRoyal United HospitalBathUK
  2. 2.School of Clinical SciencesUniversity of BristolBristolUK
  3. 3.Anaesthesia and Intensive Care MedicineSouthmead HospitalBristolUK
  4. 4.Cochin University Hospital (APHP) and Paris Descartes UniversityParisFrance
  5. 5.Division of Neurology, Department of Clinical SciencesLund UniversityLundSweden
  6. 6.Adelante, Centre of Expertise in Rehabilitation and AudiologyHoensbroekThe Netherlands
  7. 7.Cardiac Anaesthesia and Cardiac Intensive Care and NIHR Southampton Respiratory Biomedical Research UnitUniversity HospitalSouthamptonUK
  8. 8.Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care MedicineUniversity Hospital of CologneCologneGermany
  9. 9.Division of Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Department of Clinical SciencesLund UniversityLundSweden
  10. 10.Division of Emergencies and Critical Care, Department of AnaesthesiologyOslo University Hospital and Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of OsloOsloNorway
  11. 11.Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive CareCatholic University School of MedicineRomeItaly

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