Intensive Care Medicine

, Volume 44, Issue 6, pp 897–899 | Cite as

What’s new in prognostication after cardiac arrest: microRNAs?

  • Yvan DevauxEmail author
  • Pascal Stammet
  • On behalf of the Cardiolinc™ network
What's New in Intensive Care


Predicting whether a patient in an intensive care unit after a cardiac arrest (CA) will recover in good condition or will suffer irreversible and severe neurologic damage is challenging. Such prognostication would allow adapting healthcare to each individual, reduce the economic burden on the society, and inform patient relatives about the most plausible outcome at an early stage. It may also eventually serve as a solid basis for withdrawal of life-supporting therapies in futile cases. Current guidelines recommend the use of multimodal strategies for prediction of outcome. Yet, the risk of inaccurate prediction still remains, and complementary modalities may help to improve prediction accuracy.

Cardiac arrest management: improvements and disappointments

Over the last decade, the management of CA has dramatically changed. Many efforts have been put in pre-hospital care, including systematic lay person cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training, phone-assisted CPR, public...


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On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yvan Devaux
    • 1
    Email author
  • Pascal Stammet
    • 2
  • On behalf of the Cardiolinc™ network
  1. 1.Cardiovascular Research UnitLuxembourg Institute of HealthLuxembourgLuxembourg
  2. 2.Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care MedicineCentre HospitalierLuxembourgLuxembourg

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