Skin necrosis as a complication of therapeutic hypothermia

J Burn Care Res. 2014 May-Jun;35(3):e184-6. doi: 10.1097/BCR.0b013e3182a22730.


This case report describes a complication caused by cooling pads used for therapeutic hypothermic resuscitation. The authors hope to highlight and emphasize the importance of a thorough evaluation of all skin surfaces that are in direct contact with such cooling pads. Skin injury from the cooling pads used for therapeutic hypothermia should be recognized as a potential complication of treatment.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation / adverse effects
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation / methods*
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Disease Progression
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Heart Arrest / diagnosis
  • Heart Arrest / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Hypothermia, Induced / adverse effects*
  • Hypothermia, Induced / methods
  • Male
  • Multiple Organ Failure
  • Necrosis / etiology
  • Necrosis / pathology
  • Necrosis / therapy
  • Recurrence
  • Skin / pathology*
  • Young Adult