The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Therapeutic hypothermia following cardiac arrest

  • Description

    People who have a cardiac arrest can sometimes develop neurological problems because of the lack of oxygen to the brain.

    In this procedure, after resuscitation a cooling device is used to reduce the person’s core temperature to 32–34°C to reduce the risk of developing neurological problems.

  • OPCS4.6 Code(s)

    X51.2 Active cooling

    In addition the ICD-10 code I46.0 Cardiac arrest with successful resuscitation is assigned.

    The NHS Classifications Service of NHS Connecting for Health is the central definitive source for clinical coding guidance and determines the coding standards associated with the classifications (OPCS-4 and ICD-10) to be used across the NHS.   The NHS Classifications Service and NICE work collaboratively to ensure the most appropriate classification codes are provided.

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