Association of early withdrawal of life-sustaining therapy for perceived neurological prognosis with mortality after cardiac arrest

Jonathan Elmer, Cesar Torres, Tom P. Aufderheide, Michael A. Austin, Clifton W. Callaway, Eyal Golan, Heather Herren, Jamie Jasti, Peter J. Kudenchuk, Damon C. Scales, Dion Stub, Derek K. Richardson, Dana Zive

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Background: Withdrawing life-sustaining therapy because of perceived poor neurological prognosis (WLST-N) is a common cause of hospital death after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). Although current guidelines recommend against WLST-N before 72. h (WLST-N. 1. h after hospital admission. Propensity score modeling the probability of exposure to WLST-N.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2016



  • Cardiac arrest
  • Neurological prognosis
  • Prognostication
  • Resuscitation
  • Withdrawal of care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Emergency
  • Emergency Medicine

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