My mother recently went into cardiac arrest. My father was there and called the ambulance, which took about 6 minutes to arrive and shock her. He did not perform CPR. Once stabilized, they started her on therapeutic hypothermia. There is no cardiologist
at this hospital, but I assume the hypothermia was orderer from one they consulted with. It was being supervised by a GP who is mostly unfamiliar with the procedure. She was cooled for around 48 hours before they warmed her up and laid off the sedation. It's
been about 18 hours since they did that and she has yet to wake up, although she does open her eyes, she doesn't respond to commands. The ECG showed no signs of damage to the heart
, but she does have heart disease with thickening of the heart muscle. The Dr
is planning on testing to see her she can breathe on her own, but after reading this study (http://m.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/not_so_fast__study_suggests_physicians_wait_longer_for_signs_of_brain_recovery_after_hypothermia_used_to_treat_victims_of_cardiac_arrest)
by John Hopkins, it seems like the protocol for therapeutic hypothermia is to wait a lot longer for brain activity. They say in the article that the average wait time for brain function can be 5 - 7 days. My question is, how much should I be concerned about
this? I'm not trying to grasp as extra hope here, but I feel like this is a very important detail that is being over looked as they are asking my father to consider the option of letting her die. Am I way off base here, or should I try to voice this concern?