Severity of brain imaging injury predicts outcomes after pediatric out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

Takeaway

  • There is a strong association between severity of magnetic resonance imaging injury and unfavorable neurological outcomes in children after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

Why this matters

    Children who survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest often suffer neurocognitive and neurobehavioral deficits that impair their quality of life. Neuroprognostication following a cardiac arrest can guide care decisions, including withdrawal of life-sustaining support. These important findings validate the use of magnetic resonance imaging to inform a clinically relevant prognosis for families and health care providers.