Cooling and hemodynamic management in heatstroke: Practical recommendations

Abderrezak Bouchama, Mohammed Dehbi, Enrique Chaves-Carballo

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Introduction: Although rapid cooling and management of circulatory failure are crucial to the prevention of irreversible tissue damage and death in heatstroke, the evidence supporting the optimal cooling method and hemodynamic management has yet to be established. Methods: A systematic review of all clinical studies published in Medline (1966 to 2006), CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature) (1982 to 2006), and Cochrane Database was performed using the OVID interface without language restriction. Search terms included heatstroke, sunstroke, and heat stress disorders. Results: Fourteen articles reported populations subjected to cooling treatment for classic or exertional heatstroke and included data on cooling time, neurologic morbidity, or mortality. Five additional articles described invasive monitoring with central venous or pulmonary artery catheters. The four clinical trials and 15 observational studies covered a total of 556 patients. A careful analysis of the results obtained indicated that the cooling method based on conduction, namely immersion in iced water, was effective among young people, military personnel, and athletes with exertional heatstroke. There was no evidence to support the superiority of any one cooling technique in classic heatstroke. The effects of non-invasive, evaporative, or conductive-based cooling techniques, singly or combined, appeared to be comparable. No evidence of a specific endpoint temperature for safe cessation of cooling was found. The circulatory alterations in heatstroke were due mostly to a form of distributive shock associated with relative or absolute hypovolemia. Myocardial failure was found to be rare. Conclusion: A systematic review of the literature failed to identify reliable clinical data on the optimum treatment of heatstroke. Nonetheless, the findings of this study could serve as a framework for preliminary recommendations in cooling and hemodynamic management of heatstroke until more evidence-based data are generated.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberR54
JournalCritical Care
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 May 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Heat Stroke
Hemodynamics
Sunstroke
Heat Stress Disorders
Shock
Hypovolemia
Military Personnel
Immersion
Athletes
Nervous System
Pulmonary Artery
Observational Studies
Nursing
Language
Catheters
Heart Failure
Clinical Trials
Databases
Morbidity
Temperature

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  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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