Outcome Assessment After Cardiac Arrest
1Emergency Medicine, Occupational Therapy, and Clinical and Translational Science, University of Pittsburgh, United States of America
Following resuscitation from cardiac arrest, multiple domains of function are affected. Traditionally, global assessments of outcome, such as the Cerebral Performance Category (CPC), assign a summative score. Individual components of recovery, such as memory, logical thinking, activities of daily living, and fatigue receive limited assessment using global outcome measures. Newer assessment tools can evaluate individual domains of impairment, providing a more textured view of the patient’s recovery and allowing tailored interventions to be applied. These tools permit clinicians to perform serial assessments and describe the trajectory of recovery over time. We will review existing tools to assess outcome following resuscitation from cardiac arrest and describe common changes during the first year of recovery.